It's been some pretty ugly weather around here (as I have mentioned previously) so I haven't really gotten out. The one nice day that we had earlier this week I attempted to go to Carlos Avery, but got there later than I wanted and the gates were closed anyway. So I went back through the archives a bit and pulled out these photos of a Merlin I took last fall up on the North Shore.
If you look at the birds right leg/foot, it appears that he was injured. We witnessed this bird actively hunting a day or two later, so the extent of the injury was unknown.