07.06.2010: (coordination: E 48.17004 N 108.64007)
Merlin was breeding on Carrion crow's Corvus corone nest which was on the tree near to the Kherlen river in Mungunmorit soum in Tuv aimag (province) in June, 2010. The female was perching on the old branch in about 150m from the nest. That time, the male was incubating on the nest and we also checked the nest and there were 4 eggs.
Female Merlin is perching on old branch (photo by Amarkhuu)
Second Merlin pair was nested on another tree about 3km from the first nest point (coordination E 48.09814 N 106.63361)
When we came there female was attacking to Black kites close to the nest and male was incubating in the nest. They were nested in magpie's nest. But we did not the check the nest because it was already getting cold. We did not want to disturb the falcon when they incubating in the cold weather condition.
Male Merlin is perching on the branch (photo by Gankhuyag)
This falcon is already breeding in Mongolia but we do not have enough evidences on breeding record for this falcon in Mongolia and this was good record for us.