Okay, our correct winner is Caroline in SD who wrote: "I'd guess it's a merlin kid" - who gets a lens pen and the tickle my funny bone winner (again was a tough decision) was elizabird with "is it a booby" who gets a harness. So, ladies email me your snail mail addresses!
My adventure area is in dire need of updating--I've had a ton of adventures but no time to put them in. So I've been going through iPhoto and digging out past adventures, like banding merlin chicks around Minneapolis. The contest photo was me learning the hard way how to properly handle raptor chicks. Thank goodness it was a small raptor and that Victoria's Secret makes some very sturdy bras! You should have seen the volunteer's face when I said, "Hey, here's my camera, can you get a photo of this?"
We didn't have merlins nesting in the metro area until five or six years ago--thanks to the crows. Merlins take over old crow nests.