- A Taiga Merlin preened itself luxuriously atop the yellow pine 40
feet from my door at Round Mountain this morning. It was startled a
couple of times by a flicker that landed a few feet away on dead
branches. It seemed quite nervous. It flew north, as did Vishnu's
merlin. Are these numerous merlins just passing through our area, or
do some of them stay all winter?
Yesterday we were scopeless and had to stealthily sneak up on the
ducks at the lake. Mira and I didn't get as close as Elise and
Phyllis before the birds flew off. They thought they saw buffleheads
and American Wigeons, as well as the ubiquitous mallards. Mira and I
were still trying to figure out if we were seeing lesser scaups or
tufted or ring-neck ducks when they startled. A lot of the birds were
in shadow. A great egret was perched in a tree and we flushed a great
blue at the far end of the lake.
Otherwise the birds weren't out in force down at Phil's garden the
way they had been the day before, when I saw a varied thrush, western
meadowlark, western bluebird, red-shouldered hawk, kestrel, American
and/or lesser goldfinches, yellow-rumped warblers, several flickers,
lots of acorn woodpeckers, northern Harrier...and more of the usual
Since I'm new to Ukiah valley I don't know what's common here and
what's not. Has anyone made a list? If so could you email it to me?
katem@... Thanks. Kate