Nina O'Hanlon and Rob Hughes / January 2021 – vol. 114, issue 1, pp 30–33 Abstract On 3rd February 2018, a bedraggled Merlin Falco columbarius was photographed in a garden in Scrabster, Caithness. Subsequent examination of the photographs revealed the distinctive and diagnostic tail pattern associated with the North American ‘Taiga Merlin’ F. c. columbarius. It was seen again only briefly, on 18th February. Based on these photographs, the record ... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.