I know some folks don’t appreciate birds of prey hunting their bird feeders.  But honestly I enjoy watching them as much as I do the songbirds.

Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for another delivery of dirt, I heard the birds out front start yelling.  I glanced out the window, a saw a pair of birds who appeared to be fighting.  I shrugged it off, it is after all spring……wait, the one bird is a male Red-Winged Blackbird, but what is that!

Grab the camera and manage to catch these:







Merlins usually go after prey the size of House Sparrows.  I was very surprised he was able to take off with the Blackbird, but he did it, and headed for a nearby tree for a meal.  Handsome fellow!