[Tweeters] Four Fine Hours @ Rattlesnake Lake (including a Merlin
canyoneaglej at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 09:21:58 PDT 2014
Recently, I saw a Merlin that looked to similar to Barb's when I was in the
Okanogan NF. The bird was silent as it flew in from behind me. It perched
at the top of a tree for a few moments, then flew off. Like Barb, I too am
curious about the sub-species of the bird that I saw, in case anyone has an
opinion. Bird is seen in photos 3 and 4 of this photo set:
canyoneagle at comcast.net
On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl at comcast.net>
> 2 Turkey Vultures, an Osprey, perfect temps, blue sky, turquoise lake,
> striking cliffs, people enjoying a relaxing afternoon, and then, out of the
> corner of my eye, I spotted a fast-flying falcon heading after a few
> crows. Right down there on the 'beach' of stones, rocks and stumps, Merlie
> took a break, allowing me seconds to capture a shot, while it sat on a
> stone. People were in the area, but no one paid the birds any heed except
> me. One whistling gentleman walked out towards the Merlin, causing it to
> lift off, but it was very exciting to see, hear and watch the small falcon.
> Link to Flickr album with scenics and one photo of the Merlin below.
> I figured it was a young Merlin, as it was chasing crows, an activity
> usually reserved for adults during nesting season, and it was practicing
> one of the Merlin calls (not the kee-kee-kee - a quicker, repetitive one).
> Adult Merlins usually don't vocalize like that much in the off-season.
> Anyone able to confirm my assessment (or dispute it) ? Any guesses as to
> Barb Deihl
> Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
> barbdeihl at comcast.net
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