Our back yard has been a place with a fair bit of bird activity in the time we have lived here. Lately that has changed with the arrival of a Merlin that seems to be living in a fir tree in our yard. There may be a nest involved, but I have not been able to see it thus far. While it is awesome to have this little hunter zooming around, and hearing it’s distinctive cry is a wonderful way to start the day, the birds we normally would see on a daily basis have made themselves scarce of late. No surprise there I suppose. A fair trade in the long run. Not sure if the neighbours understand or appreciate what I am doing peering in the direction of their houses with binoculars at strange hours, but no one has called the authorities yet so I can’t seem too suspicious.