Merlins are vicious little falcons and this that can eat a variety of prey. This one took me a while to ID because the chest was so much lighter, but as you can see from these pics, the light mustache eliminates non-falcon raptors. The lack of barring and size confirm that this bird is a Merlin and my first Georgia Merlin at that. I've seen a few in New England, but getting one in my new home was very exciting.
Along with explore new places, seeing new state birds helps a place feel more like home. Seeing this Merlin, who by now has reached his wintering spot, added a great falcon to my state list. Hopefully, there will be more birds to add to my state list
All About Birds - Merlin - Link here
Wild Bird Wednesday - Link here
Quiz Bird: What Birds do you see here?
Also Blog Post #200 is coming up, how should I commemorate this occasion?