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: > > Young Costa Rican/American Steven Rogers and I did some birding today on Sauvie’s Island, and at Killin Wetland. > > > 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. > > Other birds: > > Wapato Lake (Sauvie’s Island): > > 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 > > > Killin Wetlands: > > 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 > > > Jeff Gilligan > > > > > >