- I walked out the door of my yurt at Round Mountain on Sunday morning
(11/17) and saw a raptor on the upper dead branch of a fir tree about
50 feet away. A maelstrom of feathers were drifting away as it jabbed
at a bird in its talons. I watched as it got down to red flesh. After
about 10 minutes it flew directly over my head toward the north.
After exhaustive searching of bird books I determined it had to have
been a Merlin. I imagine it's the same one Vishnu saw.
I'm going to Fort Bragg tomorrow and am going to look for the snow
bunting on Thursday. Hope it's still there.