A Merlin (Falco columbarius) Another very small Falcon common in mountainous areas in Europe.

A Merlin (Falco columbarius) Another very small Falcon common in mountainous areas in Europe.

Top 10 Most Beautiful and Colorful Birds In The World American Kestrel – Top 10 Marvels

Top 10 Most Beautiful and Colorful Birds In The World American Kestrel – Top 10 Marvels

American Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk ~ A small falcon, and the only Kestrel found in the Americas. ~ Miks' Pics "Fowl Feathered Friends V" board @ http://www.pinterest.com/msmgish/fowl-feathered-friends-v/

American Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk ~ A small falcon, and the only Kestrel found in the Americas. ~ Miks' Pics "Fowl Feathered Friends V" board @ http://www.pinterest.com/msmgish/fowl-feathered-friends-v/

American Kestrel or Sparrow hawk (Falco sparverius). Asmall falcon of the Americas. photo: Jim Frazee.

American Kestrel or Sparrow hawk (Falco sparverius). Asmall falcon of the Americas. photo: Jim Frazee.

African Pygmy Falcon by Andrew Skelton Photography http://andrewskelton.net.

African Pygmy Falcon by Andrew Skelton Photography http://andrewskelton.net.

At the base of the centerpieces, collections of mercury glass votives and small florals including roses, freesias, dusty miller and variegated ivy filled the table . A fresh gardenia was placed on each napkin.

At the base of the centerpieces, collections of mercury glass votives and small florals including roses, freesias, dusty miller and variegated ivy filled the table . A fresh gardenia was placed on each napkin.

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk.

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk

Now, where DID that woodpecker go? Bird plays hide and seek with sparrowhawk.

MERLIN. A speedy small falcon, similar in shape to the peregrine but only two thirds the size. Mainly breeds in the uplands of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England, although small numbers also nest in the SW of England.In general Merlins are ground nesting birds; however, they will use the abandoned nests of other birds of prey. Even though the population is rising slowly the Merlin still remains a rare and elusive bird.

MERLIN. A speedy small falcon, similar in shape to the peregrine but only two thirds the size. Mainly breeds in the uplands of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England, although small numbers also nest in the SW of England.In general Merlins are ground nesting birds; however, they will use the abandoned nests of other birds of prey. Even though the population is rising slowly the Merlin still remains a rare and elusive bird.

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