Ed “Merlin” Putnam


Merlin, formerly known as the pigeon hawk, is an endangered small falcon found in Eurasia and North America. Male merlins typically reach a length of 31 cm (12 in). Adult males have slate blue feathers on the top of the body and pale buff feathers that mask an emaciated frame.  They are heavily streaked with black, on the underside. Immature males and all females are brownish on the top. The females are normally much larger than the male and widely considered the least attractive in the bird-of-prey family. The merlin is an astute hunter but fastidious eater that captures small birds and rodents and selectively feeds on the eyes, tongues and testicles. The precipitious decline in the merlin population can be directly attributed to growing impotence of the species afflicting upwards of 75% of the males.  It nests in spruce trees and sometimes on cliffs. The females typically lay four or five eggs, which are creamy white and heavily marked with reddish brown. In North America the merlin breeds from northern Michigan northward to the limit of tree growth, and it winters in the southern United States and as far south as Venezuela.

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