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Bird call on the Scottish moors (a merlin?) (1 Viewer)


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I posted this on the Bird ID QA forum, but I could not get an ID, so because this call sound was recorded in the Scottish moors, I am trying my luck here.
(Sorry if I posting this is against the rules for the Scotland forum)

This was recorded in the moors in upland Findhorn valley, located in northeast Scotland, southeast from Inverness.

I heard this unknown bird making a quick 2 second squeezing call every minute or so, for a few minutes. My first guess was a grouse or partridge as I was in an area with them, but then I started thinking could this be a merlin or some other bird of prey?

The recording is here https://youtu.be/t_5yRgA7-bk


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Yes, I am pretty confident it is a merlin, after hearing many recordings on xeno-canto.

Habitat was that of a merlin. It was upland heath, along a river valley, with patches of open meadow and some trees too. Plenty of meadow pipits in the area. Also plenty of partridges in the area, but I am not sure if they hunt those.
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