The Merlin in the above photo was spotted yesterday in a neighborhood tree while we were taking our dog Buster for a late afternoon walk. If you look closely will notice she has a small bird in her talons. Merlins are members of the Falcon Family, and we have enjoyed watching this bird or similar bird on this tree from our living room for the past three winters. Merlins breed in the far north, but winter here. I noticed when looking at my recond in eBird that we see them from our back yard from October through March. We are paying close attention now because any day she will be gone for the season.