Merlin on the Fence

Credit Zatoichi26 – Creative Commons Attribution

This morning I looked up to see a raptor struggling on the fence. It was a merlin, and it was flapping and thrashing on the second rail up. At first I thought it was killing its prey, but it was soon obvious that it was stuck and trying to escape.

We built the rail fence, but the neighbors lined their side of it with chicken wire in an attempt to contain their undisciplined dog. The hawk had one of its feet caught in the wire.

While my housemate phoned the local raptor rescue society, I went out with a blanket. I hoped to cover the bird with the blanket so it would calm down. I thought its struggles might injure it.

Luckily, in the time it took me to get out of the house, the merlin managed to get itself out of the wire. All that remained was a trace of blood and a few feathers on the fence. I folded the blanket and came back inside.

Happy ending.-)


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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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4 Responses to Merlin on the Fence

  1. Laird Smith says:

    I hope the merlin will remember the perils of that fence. I wonder if it was chasing a bird when it ran afoul of the fence?

  2. Laird Smith says:

    I think merlins do better at catching birds, if it was the same one that chased the squirrel in your January 2021 story.

    • arjaybe says:

      That one was bigger than a merlin. Maybe a smaller hawk would have been more maneuverable, but would it have wanted to catch that feisty squirrel?

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