Early this morning a Merlin showed up in the yard. I thought the Merlin was eating something when I was photographing her, but after I downloaded the photos, I saw what looked like a “pellet” in the Merlin’s mouth. I think the Merlin might be a female or an immature as the male has a slate blue back and this bird was quite brown.
She looked like she was choking…
Then, the pellet came flying through the air!
Per Birds of North America On Line, pellets typically cast daily (early morning) representing feather and skeletal remains from previous day.
I imagine she feels a lot better after expelling that big hunk of waste from her crop.
Okay, now onto the next bird, and with that she took off after one of the Hairy Woodpeckers that frequent the peanut feeders in the yard.