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Seattle Merlin Nest 2008 , Part I - (Click image above to enter gallery)

The photos in this gallery document the first known successful nest of Merlins, small falcons, in Seattle, WA. See: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008065173_merlins22m0.html
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This gallery, Part I, follows courtship through brooding (April through early June).
The story is continued in Part II, Hatching through Branching.
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Merlin Pair
Merlin Pair
Discovery Day!
Discovery Day!
Female Sleeping
Female Sleeping
Adult Female Merlin (She's wearing a band!)
Adult Female Merlin (She's wearing a band!)
Adult female with unusual prey
Adult female with unusual "prey"
Spike on the Roof-1
"Spike" on the Roof-1
Spike on the Roof-2
"Spike "on the Roof-2
Spike on the Roof-3
"Spike" on the Roof-3
Adult Male in the Nest Tree-1
Adult Male in the Nest Tree-1
Adult Male in the Nest Tree-2
Adult Male in the Nest Tree-2
Thor on the Deodar-1
"Thor" on the Deodar-1
Thor on the Deodar-2
"Thor" on the Deodar-2
Spike  with Very Small Prey (a hummingbird!)
"Spike " with Very Small Prey (a hummingbird!)
Spike the Female, Looking Broody
"Spike" the Female, Looking "Broody"
Courtship Kiss
Courtship Kiss
Dinner is Served
Dinner is Served
Thor Preening-1
Thor Preening-1
Thor Preening-2
Thor Preening-2
Thor Preening-3
Thor Preening-3
Thor Preening-4
Thor Preening-4
Spike Eats Solo-1
Spike Eats Solo-1
Spike Eats Solo - 2
Spike Eats Solo - 2
Conehead!
Conehead!
Thor Grabs a Bite!
Thor Grabs a Bite!
Spike on the Nest
Spike on the Nest
Junco Serenade
Junco Serenade
Thor's Rainy Day Roost
Thor's Rainy Day Roost
Drying Off!
Drying Off!
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