Friday, February 19, 2016

Oatka Creek Park • February 19

Merlin. This is a rare falcon in our area, especially this time of year.

Merlin. You can just make out a bit of the meal the falcon was having at the top of the pole when I spotted it. Based on what I see and the numbers and kinds of birds along the roadside near the falcon, I’d say it’s Dark-eyed Junco that’s what’s for lunch!

Merlin. Getting ready to launch ...

Merlin. Note the characteristic tail banding.