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City-dwelling raptors no longer things of rarity

Published 04/04/2012, West Fargo Pioneer

On the 18th of December, 1993, I saw my first merlin sitting in a tree in Fargo’s industrial park. By then I had been birding for over 15 years and merlins—those energetic falcons with an attitude I’d heard so much about—were quite near the top of the list of birds I wanted to see. I now realize there were two reasons it took me so long to find one.

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