As with other raptors that experienced a rebound in population following the banning of DDT in the ‘70s, the Merlin saw an increase in breeding population throughout the eastern U.S. However, before 1986, this small, fierce falcon was primarily seen only in migration through New Hampshire. It wasn’t until the decade of the ’90s that the Merlin began its breeding expansion into New Hampshire. Read all about it in the Spring 2009 issue of New Hampshire Bird Records (“Spotlight on Merlin” begins on page 52).
Other articles in this issue include: Birding Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, Tudor Richards-The Legacy of a Remarkable Birder, field notes from the 2009 spring season, and of course a Photo Quiz. Enjoy them all!
From all of us at New Hampshire Bird Records–
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New Hampshire Bird Records is providing free access to its archives during the Covid-19 outbreak to help birders find information on birding locally and to remind us of the joy of birding.