BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Merlin



Merlin Falco columbarius [Linnaeus, 1758]

Merlin Falco columbarius subaesalon

(Possible PM)

Merlin Falco columbarius aesalon

(Rare, PM & WV)

No records of birds occurring at the lake have been assigned to race.

    1. One, not aged or sexed, 17th Dec. 1950 (B. King).
    2. One, not aged or sexed, 6th Dec. 1964 (R.J. Senior).
    3. Probably two birds,not aged or sexed, 28th Dec. 1964 (B. King, R.J. Prytherch). See note 1 below.
    4. One, not aged or sexed, 16th Oct. 1977 (R.S. Harkness).
    5. One, immature or ♀, 13th Sep. 1980 (K.E. Vinicombe).
    6. One, not aged, 5th Sep. 1991 (I. Barton).*
    7. One, not aged or sexed, 12th March 2000 (N.R. Milbourne).
    8. One, adult , 16th Feb. 2002 (N.R. Milbourne).
    9. One, not aged or sexed, 1st Nov. 2003 (R.J. Higgins), one presumed the same, adult , 8th Nov. (N.R. Milbourne, A.H. Davis, M.I. Pearce).
    10. One, juvenile, 8th-9th Oct. 2004 (N.R. Milbourne, A.E. Bone, M.I. Pearce, R.G. Palmer), one presumed same, not aged, 30th Oct. 2004 (I. Stapp, B. Lancastle?).
    11. One, not aged or sexed, 6th Nov. 2009 (N.R. Milbourne).
    12. One, not aged or sexed, 26th Oct. 2015 (pers. comm. M. Hedges).
    13. One, not aged or sexed, 29th Dec. 2016 (N.R. Milbourne et al).

Note 1: Date given as 29th December 1964 in Bristol Bird Report.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Barton, I. 1991. Top End Diary
  2. Chadwick, P.J. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1980. Avon Ornithological Society.
  3. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2000. Avon Ornithological Group.
  4. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2002. Avon Ornithological Group.
  5. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Bristol Bird Report, 1964. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  6. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1964. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  7. McGeoch, J.A. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1977. Somerset Ornithological Society.
  8. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2003. Avon Ornithological Group.
  9. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2004. Avon Ornithological Group.
  10. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2009. Avon Ornithological Group.
  11. Tucker, B.W. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1950. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.

Updated 4 January, 2018