Merlin on Sunland Res. Rd., Bishop

Observers: Chris Howard
Verification: sierra
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Date: 12/14/2006
Time: 05:39 PM -0500

Today (14 Dec) at lunch a Merlin shot like a rocket low over the alfalfa fields along Sunland Res. Rd. directly into a flock of several hundred Horned Larks. Very dramatic, although I think it came up 'empty-taloned'. As it landed nearby, I could see the wide banding on the tail, dark brown back, dark streaks in front. I think it was the nominate columbarius race. Not as pretty as richardsonii, but it'll do for Bishop CBC count week. 

Also, the dark-morph Ferruginous Hawk was in the same place as usual, on the southern-most irrigation line on the east side of Sunland Res Rd.