Date: 2/13/20 3:31 pm From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Subject: Late report: Black Merlin, Minden 2/3/20
Kim Steed, a member of the Nevada Wildlife Photographers group on Facebook, posted some nice shots of a Black (or mostly black) Merlin taken on Feb 3. A very similar looking bird to one seen earlier this winter in Lemmon Valley north of Reno.
She was kind enough to entertain my request to also post them on eBird.
These photos nicely show a single undertail covert with a suckleyi pattern. If you're unfamiliar with this field mark, see the subspecies plates from Wheeler's guide to the Birds of Prey of the West, which can be viewed here (excuse the typos!):