Bird Quest 2014 #7

March 4th, 2014

Out on the Washington Coast last weekend there were flocks of Dunlin and  Sanderlings as well as a few birds of prey.  On Friday when it was sunny we watched a group of sub-adult Bald Eagles take turns feeding on a seal carcass.

Sub Adult Bald eagle and seal carcass.

Sub Adult Bald Eagle and seal carcass.

 

On Saturday morning from sunrise until about 9:00 AM there weren’t too many clouds threatening to rain on us.  We drove the beaches looking for more eagles and hopefully a peregrine.  I  spotted this Merlin, the first one I’ve seen and photographed on the coast since March 2010.  It was exciting to be able to watch it for awhile.  They are so in-tune with their environment, constantly scanning the sky around them.  When I was watching it, I was glad not to be a small bird.

Merlin perched on driftwood, watching for the next meal to flyby.

Merlin perched on driftwood, watching for the next meal to flyby.

 

Continuing norhtward we finally found a Peregrine Falcon.  This is a first year female, and has the band “Z2″ on it. The peregrine was banded by Coastal Raptors a research, education and conservation non-profit banding birds on the Washignton Coast.

Peregrine Falcon watching the Dunlin as well as humans on the Washington Coast.

Peregrine Falcon watching the Dunlin as well as humans on the Washington Coast.

 

It was a fun weekend on the coast, and I was happy to  see peregrines and  Merlins again!

 

Enjoy!

Good birding!

Tim

One comment on “Bird Quest 2014 #7

  1. Trish says:

    Great shots especially of the merlin and peregrine Tim – am really looking forward to the workshop.

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