We had at least 4 Merlins living in our immediate area this summer (a first in 15 years). We have massive pine tress right by our house and two of those Merlins were found dead at the foot of one tree. They were both recently killed and found within a foot of each other. Both had been killed within the past few days and both layed at the very base of the pine tree. They appeared to have been adults. I can see one being killed but 2 within inches of each other? I am not much of a birder so I am very puzzled as to why I'd find 2 dead and exactly what would have killed them? Any idea what killed them and why?