“The Magic of Merlins”
Presenter: Kathy Mock, birder, gardener and birding volunteer
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Description: What began as a serendipitous observation of a Merlin through Kathy L. Mock's window, during the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count, has turned into a 5-years-and-counting obsession with these fascinating falcons. One overwintering bird has grown to eight through the years, and in April 2022 this led to the first documented nesting attempt by Merlins in Summit County. Kathy described her discovery in an article published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Ohio Cardinal, the quarterly publication of the Ohio Ornithological Society. North of Knox County, they have so far only been confirmed Ohio breeders in Lake County. Join us as Kathy shares photos taken during these 5+ years and countless hours of observation, culminating in this nesting attempt. Due to abandonment, most likely due to harassment by crows and the probable subsequent selection of an unknown site, she was not able to confirm fledging in 2022. But she hopes to explain why she finds these birds so remarkable, and why she will remain a willing victim of their magical spell as she tries again to document nesting in 2023.
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