In February I mentioned seeing a merlin outside our kitchen window, near the
feeder. Never saw it again, though I saw a lot of feathers while raking the
lawn. Today while we were working in the yard the merlin came tearing through
chasing the smaller birds, just a few feet away! It landed briefly in a tree
across the street and then was off again.
Now I don't feel so bad about not getting to Herricks Cove this weekend :)