Prairie Merlin in Goleta

Hugh Ranson

This afternoon a Merlin hunted from atop one of the star pines at Hollister Elementary School in Goleta. It was very pale. I took some photos and sent them to Jerry Liguori, who knows his bird of prey. He says it's a Prairie MerlinĀ  (race richardsonnii) "for sure." There are only a handful of records of this race for the county.

One photo here:

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