What's Inside for 2011

Cover: Eastern Screech Owl

January: Merlin

February: Carolina Wrens

March: Little Blue Heron

April: Common Grackle

May: Piping Plover

June: Red-bellied Woodpecker

July: Cedar Waxwing

August: Pectoral Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper

September: Snowy Egret &
Double-crested Cormorant

October: Black-throated Blue Warbler

November: Bufflehead

December: Eastern Screech Owl

Back Cover: All


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Twelve 4"x6" glossy photographs of birds from the Northeast of North America

January, 2011, Merlin, male

January 2011: Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Swift, agile, aggressive, Merlins are deadly predators of small and medium sized songbirds, usually catching them on the wing. Males, like this one, have slatey-blue backs and wings, where immatures and females are browner. They are small pigeon-sized falcons of coniferous forests and open wetlands and prairies found all across the northern hemisphere, and while they are widely distributed they remain uncommon. Unlike their smaller cousin the American Kestrel and the larger Peregrine Falcon, Merlins have the least distinctly marked facial pattern with only a hint of mustache.