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.

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis


 
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