Date: 5/9/19 11:40 am From: <clearwater...> Subject: [obol] Late-ish Merlin in Soap Creek Valley north of Corvallis
Yesterday May 8th while driving out the gravel driveway of a site where we're monitoring "Oregon" Vesper Sparrows in the Soap Creek Valley north of Corvallis, I saw a small, grayish raptor standing in the road. It took off and flew south. From the size and powerful falcon-style wingbeats it had to be a MERLIN.
Normally I see a pair of American Kestrels on that stretch of road but they must have been keeping a low profile while this sturdier visitor was around.