This Small falcon nests in the prairies. The best time to "catch these guys is in the late afternoon when they do most of their hunting.
They are the favorite of many hawkwatcher’s due to their speed and colors.10-14 inches. A medium, jay-sized falcon with a largish head & pointed wings. in flight, the Merlin appears relatively dark overall, Adult males are slate-blue above; females are brown.
Breeds east from Alaska throughout Cananda and South to Nova Scotia; also Montana, and Wyoming. An uncommon winter resident along both U.S. coasts and in the southern U.S.
VOICE similar to the American Kestrel but lower pitched and harsher