A magical Merlin!
This Merlin was a big surprise - and a lifelister for me. We saw him while looking for night herons at Hemenway Landing in Eastham, MA. Would you know what it was at first sight?
At first I thought it was a Peregrine Falcon, and I really wanted it to be one. (Excuse the blurry pictures, please. Bad photos are allowed on a first sighting!)
It didn't really look quite like a Peregrine, but I thought it could be a juvenile or immature or molting or something. Every other bird on the cape that weekend fit into one of those categories! But a careful look at the field guides convinced me I had seen a Merlin - which was an even more magical experience (pun intended!).