[CT Birds] eBird report of Gyrfalcon in CT

Jamie Meyers ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Tue Feb 5 11:25:44 EST 2013

The photos clearly show a partial leucistic Red-tailed Hawk.  

This is a good example of why eBird reports need to be treated with caution.  Not everything that's entered there is gospel.  However, kudos to the original poster for including the photos and at least some kind of detail and where and when the bird was seen.  In the event of a rarity or a suspected rarity, getting photos, even lousy ones, is almost always really useful.

Pretty bird, by the way.  And David, Plainville is lovely this time of year!

Jamie Meyers
Canton, CT

----- Original Message -----
From: David Lawton <lawtonesq at gmail.com>
To: Ctbirds Ctbirdslists <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:03:29 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: [CT Birds] eBird report of Gyrfalcon in CT

Does anyone have any additional information about this report?!

Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2013 10:20 by Claudia Horwatt
- Plainville, Hartford, Connecticut
- Map:
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12844703
- Comments: "Clearly saw & heard the Gryfalcon & have observed it over two
days,in State Wetlands area. La<img  src="
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8445425342_38d9b76741.jpg" alt="IMG_1925">rg<img  src="
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8444326123_99a06418a5.jpg" alt="IMG_1869">e, 20+", mostly white with black markings on head &
light on wings, black/brown lines under wing. Clearly visable yellow beak
with black hook, yellow legs/feet"

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