My drive out of Bear Creek Park took a little longer than expected because I had to stop to take photos of several raptors.
First up was a Cooper's Hawk perched high in a tree near the road.
Then I spotted a Merlin, a species I see only too rarely. As I got out of the car to take a photo, the bird flew off.
A few hundred yards further on, I noticed another Merlin in a tree set back from the road. I walked over to get a closer look and this bird was much more concerned with its grooming than with my presence.
Although I wasn't able to get a picture, there was yet another Merlin in the back of the same tree. So that was three Merlins I'd seen within a few minutes. That's certainly not something that happens to me every day!