Merlins are one of the smaller falcon species in North America.
The series of shots I took in the evening light at SJWA are the only merlin shots that I have ever captured, try as I might.
In any case, I believe that I saw a merlin on a telephone pole near my house in the riverbed coming home yesterday.
Did not have a camera nearby.
It was larger than a kestrel and smaller than a Cooper's Hawk. I called my birder buddy Beth and she said that it would be highly unusual and rare for the location but that I should make an incidental report on EBird, which I did.
I saw it again as I left the house this morning, will bring my camera home with me tonight, just in case.