2007 January 26
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS –I heard a cardinal, a titmouse, and a chickadee singing on my way into the office on this gorgeous morning. By the time I was free to start birding again, daylight was nearly gone.

I went to Cedar Ridge Preserve to see the day out, and I was excited to discover a female Merlin perched on a snag. Her back was fairly dark brown, consistent with F. c. columbarius, which appears to be the expected form here. Her flanks were heavily marked with reddish brown, and her head was in constant motion, swiveling back and forth, this way and that. I wondered if she was hunting for a final meal before dark.


I tried to take the lady-Merlin’s portrait, but the light had failed.

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2 Responses
  1. June permalink
    January 26, 2007

    David please go home an hour earlier each day. You can and will have days when you need to work til dark or toil all hours in the evening. Please give yourself time to bird each day, and you will be refuelled to work even more efficiently. Trust this old bird–I am a wise old bird. Pace yourself. If you don’t have to be in the office for a meeting go home at 4.00!!! :-)

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