Merlin

Falco columbarius

ML127445601



eBird Checklist S50061379
Sevenmile Creek--Prickly Pear Land Trust (restricted access)
Lewis and Clark, Montana, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.6399, -112.0994 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

Flew in from the S or SE at 1621 and perched 1 m high on a dead wood branch in the new section of reach 3 at the stream edge. Observed until 1626 - perched quietly, looked around, and groomed foot a bit. Gone at 1626. At 1633, the MERL reappeared perched in a planted Salix ca 20 m E of the wooden board spanning the stream. At 1641, it glided down from the 1.5 m high perch to the creek vicinity and disappeared, out of sight. At 1643, a BBMA perched near the bank of the stream nearby and made occasional calls, then flew off as I got within ca 40 m. At 1647, the MERL reappeared, flying up (to the Salix) without prey from the stream near the plank bridge - had it been bathing, or drinking, or hunting? It seemed to struggle with balance a bit - flicked wings open several times and spread tail. The final photo I got on this perch was of takeoff. At 1649, it flew WNW to perch in the top of an Alnus incana near one of the ponds. at 1653, it flew on upstream after 5 AMCR flew by, also heading upstream. It closed the distance between it and them, then dove (whether on a crow or something else, I couldn't tell). This was my last sighting of it on this day.

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P900
f-stop
f/6.5
Focal length
357 mm
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
ISO
140
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
6,681KB
Dimensions
4608 x 3456

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