- Hi MOB
At noon today just east of the College and S 3rd intersection in
Bozeman a Merlin spent at least 10 minutes snacking on a LBB (little
brown bird) using the top of a power pole as his butcher block.
- Hi, I saw a small flock of starlings fly quickly over the northwest corner of the U of M campus, and I looked up to see a very dark Merlin fly past. I'm confident calling it a "Black" Merlin.Paul RossiMissoula/Columbia Falls
- At about 11:45 am today, I glanced out the west-facing window of my art studio and noticed a small, compact bird perched near the top of a dead Lombardy Poplar. This particular tree sits on a prominent ridgeline between the house and the main Bitterroot Valley, so it is a frequently used observation perch for American Kestrels, Northern Flickers, Magpies, and occasionally Northern Shrikes. This mornings user first made me think, Kestrel or Shrike, because of it's compact body and longish tail. I spun my scope around and focused on---a male Merlin. The last Merlin I had seen in this area was in January and February of 2006!He was quite far away, but I shot a couple of photos of him "for the record." I'll post them in my MOB album. I think you can tell it's a Merlin!!??Sid FrissellStevensville
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- WARNING: sid, the link you posted to pix of the merlin is actually a link to child porn. everyone else, don't click!shawn richmond, somers
- I don't remember adding a link. I just followed the MOB instructions for posting a photo to my album. Hope I didn't do something to cause this site link to be added. Sorry allSid FrissellStevensville.
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WARNING: sid, the link you posted to pix of the merlin is actually a link to child porn. everyone else, don't click!shawn richmond, somers
- hey, sid: the link was at the bottom of your post, right under your name/location and right above the line, 'sent from sid frissell's ipad'. i read your post too quickly and thought the link after your name was to your merlin photos, which it's definitely not. i don't know how that link got attached to your post to the group, but i just wanted to warn anyone else reading too fast not to click on it. i do have a screen capture but darned if i know how to post it in this message thread. i can't be the only one that sees it, can i?shawn r., somers
- Hi Ben,You might wish to rename your otherwise great photo listed as a "Merlin." One could start with several features, but immediately the yellow iris tells us we are not viewing a falcon. Rather, you have an accipiter. I could suggest the species, but you might have more fun teasing out that conclusion for yourself. I would be glad to give you confirmation, however.Envious of your fine photo of the Northern Pygmy-Owl, too. Keep up the fine photography!Cheers,Ed HarperBozeman/Sacramento
- Hi Ben,Right on! Yes, a Sharp-shinned Hawk it is! The yellow eye is indicative of an immature bird. In general, raptors are a tough group and all of us have made erroneous calls. I know I have!And the great fun of birding is the continuous learning experience one undergoes.Cheers,Ed