On Thursday, 12/6/07, we saw a Merlin that we believe shows
characteristics of the Merlin (suckleyi). We have placed four photos
taken of this bird into the photo section of CALBIRDS in the BIRDS
Album. We are unclear as to whether the underside of the remiges is
correct for the Merlin (suckleyi). We saw this bird in Bakersfield in
Hart Park at the west end of Hill Road. We have posted this message
hoping to learn more about identifying the Merlin (suckleyi).
Last year on 12/11/06, we also saw a Merlin that we believed
showed characteristics of the Merlin (suckleyi). It was seen in the
same location in Hart Park as the Merlin we saw on Thursday, 12/6/07.
Ken and Brenda Kyle