a murder of merlins?Posted: July 27, 2009
not sure murder is the right term for a collective of merlins but murder is what they do best. this family of small falcons that’s taken up residence at gardencourt is coming along nicely. the babies make sorties all day long leaving one high spruce refueling on a house gable or bert’s tent before touching down on another high spruce across the property… last night we watched a show on the ‘ferry command’ during WWII hence the aviation lingo.
at the beginning of summer, if you can call it that, we were bemoaning the loss of our beautiful cardinals bluejays and nuthatches to these predators. there are so many bird parts strewn about the property that a bluejay feather ended up in the beef stew i was making this weekend. it looks now like the merlins have taken out all the other birds, so we’re left with these guys and they with us. lily wishes their song were more melodic, it would make up for their destructive nature. like the weather channel, all bad news but tune is comforting.
kate snapped the family last evening. we were watching them and they were watching us. not much to do up here in the rain. lily tells me they’ve been here for over 4 million years. we came up here in ’46 after frank had finished with the ‘ferry command.’ lily also says it’s ‘an illusion of merlins.’ could gardencourt actually be king arthur’s court? frank’s second name was arthur…a delusion of mcgarrigles
merlins on bathroom roof by kate