Volunteers from the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory gather every day during the migration season to count the raptors traveling through the area. On weekends they additionally give a talk about the birds they study, and, best of all, bring out a bird recently captured to show how it’s banded before releasing it. We got lucky and got to see a really rare merlin be released. Only a few a year are spotted in the area and fewer still captured for banding. He’s tiny as hawks go, pigeon sized at most…

screeching merlin

screeching merlin

banded merlin

banded merlin

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