Even though this species is small, this falcon is one of the most powerful hunters we see during migration.  Common in early to mid September, look for this small falcon zipping along the treetops often catching small birds, like goldfinches in the air.  Merlins are regularly seen from the hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area and are a daily occurrence at the beginning of September at Point Pelee National Park.  They favour resting in the tops of dead ash trees at the Tip…

Adult Description
Small hawk.
Long, pointed wings.
Long, banded tail.
Faint mustache mark.
Brown streaking on chest and belly.
Back unmarked gray or brown.

Immature Description
Similar to adult female.

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