Date: 8/29/17 8:40 am From: world oceans <world.oceans7...> Subject: [GABO-L] Merlin in northern Clayton County
At 1055 this morning I saw a juvenile (or possibly adult female) Merlin harrassing robins and blue jays just above the trees along Jonesboro Road in Lake City, across the street from the Lake City Commons/Kroger shopping area. It was only in view for about two minutes and was moving quickly back and forth, first soaring a little and then diving toward the smaller birds. Identification was fairly straightforward; it was clearly a falconid, based on the tapered wing-ends, broad wing base and fairly short tail, which was prominently barred, and on the fast, acrobatic flight style. The overall coloration was fairly pale, with no signs of reddish color anywhere and no breast markings. I believe it was probably the richardsonii race, based on the general color and on the width and pale color of the tail bands. I remained at the site for another 15 minutes or so but did not see it come up again from behind the trees.