Date: 2/16/18 12:19 am From: Will Britton <000001a332fa81de-dmarc-request...> Subject: Prairie Merlin - BKNWR
I'm in town for a couple days and figured I'd hit up my old stomping grounds today. Plenty of the expected waterfowl for this time of year were present but I was treated to a prairie subspecies Merlin perching on the lines along Coal Chute Rd. I've seen a handful of Merlins at the refuge but this was my first "prairie" there. I believe Glenn Wyatt photographed one there last winter as well. Merlins are generally quite easy to ID to subspecies so I try to include subspecies when I eBird them, and I encourage others to do the same. The taiga subspecies is the one most commonly seen in Arkansas. Although I'm sure there are more sightings, I could only find two other prairie Merlin records in eBird for the state.