Eurasian Hobby Update - Anchor Point - Didn't locate there but ...
- I heard about the sighting from Buz Scher at the shorebird talk this morning (Saturday). As I had to leave to catch a flight, so I headed north for Anchor Point. I arrived at about noon and since I couldn't spend hours there I drove out to the point using 4-wheel drive. Glad I didn't get stuck!! A fog had rolled in and it was raining lightly. I stayed about an hour scanning and didn't find the Eurasian Hobby. I got exicted when a Merlin showed up at the edge of the cliff just above where the river turns inland. Anyhow, I had to leave but on the way out as I was driving up the road I saw a "long-wing Merlin" about 3-4 miles north from the entrance to Anchor River on the Sterling Highway. It was flying over an area where the trees had been removed from the right side of the road. I was able to stop and get on the bird as it was flying away. Although the bird was flying slowly I couldn't get any good positive field marks initially but fortunately for me it circled back over my location so I was able to get on the field marks. The rusty undertail coverts was the hardest feature to distinguish (I wouldn't use that as the sole field mark) but the white on the face, single moustach mark, and the long wings were very noticeable and seen well. As I mentioned before it was flying slowly, circling, and gliding (May have been hunting)and didn't seem to have any particular destination in mind. I will be gone for a week so will be out of contact as I don't have a cell phone. Hope more folks find it.