Caption: Merlins can lead fast-paced lives. Able to chase down other birds such as sparrows and waxwings, bats, insects and small mammals at speeds of 30 mph and greater, the Merlin in turn is prey to Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and other hawks and falcons. They keep a sharp eye out for food, and the same sharp eye out to avoid becoming a meal.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available