Arwen the Merlin was hit by a car in April of 2019 in Putney, Vermont. She lost her wingtip and suffered an irreparable foot injury. After a case of mistaken identity, Museum staff went to check out the "kestrel" who might be able to move in with Sophie (our resident American kestrel at the time). Arwen's calm demeanor led us to give her a shot at becoming our newest education bird.
In medieval Europe, the Merlin was the “Ladies falcon”. Admired by all the nobility for their dynamic flights and hunting prowess, but also a must-have accessory for the noble ladies at court.