Sunday, September 30, 2012

Merlin sighting

I mentioned earlier this summer that my wife had seen a fox in a nearby park. Well, it seems it is not the only wildlife that we have in the neighborhood (Montreal's St-Michel borough). We've just seen a Merlin this afternoon (aka Falco Colombarius in Latin or Faucon émerillon in French). And here's the video to prove it:

Merlin from clodjee on Vimeo.

The video is also available on Youtube (but I don't know for how long since it seems that when you use the copyright-free music included with iMovie, Youtube flags the video as a copyright infringement! So I'll probably avoid uploading video there in the future.)

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1 comment:

clodjee said...

Was it really a merlin? My sister thought it could have been a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus / Épervier brun), but its dominant color is more in the brown while the one observed was rather in the grey. Same thing for the Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii / Épervier de cooper). It could also have been a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus / Faucon pélerin) on its migration way, but the Merlin seems more probable to me (also some were also observed on Mount Royal the same day). Anyone has an expert opinion to add?