Taiga Merlin - Walnut Creek

Annie Vargas

We had a rare surprise visitor to the neighborhood yesterday afternoon at 3
pm - a beautiful Merlin perched atop a conifer at the end of our block in
Rancho San Miguel (Las Felicas x San Benito Dr.). I think that he is most
likely a Taiga Merlin (*columbarius) *based on the heavy breast streaking,
underwing spotting and narrow tail bands, but would love some input from
you all. For reference, we live just blocks away from Heather Farms Park.

Here is the link to four pictures that I snapped before he falcon-zoomed

Go birds!

Annie Vargas
Walnut Creek


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