Date: 6/21/20 6:01 pm
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Merlin - Killin Marsh, Washington County
I probably shouldn’t be too confidant that the Merlin was a pure Taiga Merlin. I am not ruling out Black Merlin completely, or it being a mix.





> On Jun 21, 2020, at 5:53 PM, Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> wrote:
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> Young Costa Rican/American Steven Rogers and I did some birding today on Sauvie’s Island, and at Killin Wetland.
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> The big surprise for me was an adult Tiaga Merlin that was pursued by Barn Swallows as it flew toward the forested hills northwest of the wetlands. I have only once previously seen a Merlin in summer in Oregon, that being a Prairie Merlin in Grant County about 40 years ago. Since Merlins are increasingly a summer resident in NW Washington State, I have to speculate that the one we saw is a nesting bird.
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> Other birds:
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> Wapato Lake (Sauvie’s Island):
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> 11 Great egrets (only one with aigrets)
> 1 Hooded Merganser
> Family of Pied-billed Grebes
> 2 Gadwalls
> Several Cinnamon Teal
> 1 Sora
> Ospreys on nests along the road
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> Killin Wetlands:
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> 1 American Bitter
> 5 Great Egrets
> Several Cinnamon Teal
> 1 Hooded Merganser
> several Wood Ducks
> 1 Sora
> 1 Virginia Rail - providing a very nice view
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> Jeff Gilligan
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