Falcon Friends?

This evening, PA birder Katie Andersen was hiking along the Pine Tree Trail at Presque Isle State Park in nw PA. She noticed a lack in songbirds in that area, but quickly realized why when she saw, and photographed, this Merlin perched right next to a male American Kestrel!! I don’t understand how those two species could tolerate being right next to each other – typically they wouldn’t allow the other anywhere near them. Katie captured a pretty incredible sight, and I am glad she allowed us to display it on our site!

Merlin and kestrel at Presque Isle SP (Photo by Katie Andersen)