Protecting.

I climbed 58 steps to the top of an outdoor platform for exercise, and to take a look around this very flat part of the world. After a moment or two this Merlin began diving on me, likely protecting a nearby nest. A moment of searching did not turn it up, and since my presence was an unnecessary (and obviously unwelcome) distraction, I decided to stop looking and take my leave.

It was interesting to learn, among other things, that they take over other birds’ nests.

Waited

What I believe is a female northern American Kestrel visited this bird feeder. Not the best angle for a photo; the wind blew downwind from it toward me so it oriented that way. It waited a few minutes for an unwary songbird to happen along, then left for other opportunities.

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