Merlin Falco columbarius

A winter visitor to Norfolk, mainly seen at marshes close to the coast.

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female Merlin, Lewis (Outer Hebrides, UK), 16th May 2004

 

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Merlin, Colliford Lake (Cornwall, UK), 23rd November 2013

 

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Merlin, Porthgwarra (Cornwall, UK), 17th October 2010

 

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female (or first-winter male) Merlin, north of Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 19th December 2005

 

Merlin, probably first-winter male, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 19th March 2011

 

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male Merlin, Porthgwarra (Cornwall, UK), 19th November 2014

 

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Merlin, Penninis (St Mary's, UK), 3rd October 2007

 

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Merlin pursuing Hen Harrier, Burnham Norton (Norfolk, UK), 29th April 2011

 

Merlin, Kelynack (Cornwall, UK), 18th November 2014

 

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female Merlin, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 29th December 2014

 

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Merlin, Tichwell (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2016

 

 

Merlin, between Fring and Inmere (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2012

 

British Merlins belong to the subspecies aesalon and/or subaesalon. The species also occurs in North America where three more races occur. I'm not 100% sure which race the following North American birds belong to - possibly the nominate race columbarius (called Taiga Merlin).

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Merlins, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

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Merlin, NE of West Lake, Everglades (Florida, USA), 18th April 2013

 

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Merlins, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

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Merlin, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park (British Columbia, Canada), 12th September 2006