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.
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.