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Merlin on the Washington Coast

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While there are probably Merlin on the Washington Coast at Ocean Shores each year, some years they're easier to find. In October I found Merlins on three out of four days, which was the highest percentage of sightings I've had in 10 years of going to the coast looking for them.  Here's a little tribute to them. 

My encounters with Merlin on the Washington Coast over three days in October 2017.

Coastal Peregrine

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A short video on a Peregrine Falcon that I found scavenging on a gull carcass in October 2017.  This is the third time I've watched a peregrine scavenge a carcass on the Washington Coast. We normally think about them just snatching ducks and small birds out of the air, but when they can or need to they scavenge - predators and opportunist. 

An encounter with a Coastal Peregrine Falcon on the Washington Coast. More information on peregrines scavenging food on the Washington Coast can be found on the CoastalRaptors.org website.