[CT Birds] Gyrfalcon thoughts

David F Provencher (Generation - 4) david.f.provencher at dom.com
Mon Jan 12 14:17:20 EST 2015

A few of us (very few unfortunately) observed a young dark Gyrfalcon at Hammonasset back in December of 1995. It was being harried by 3 Harriers (sorry, couldn't resist) while it sat in a tree on Willard's Island. Scott Roxbrough managed to get some video when the Gyr made a few passes at the bait at his banding station. Scott was unable to net the bird and it didn't stay long, flying westward and low over a very frustrated birder driving in for it. The incoming birder did not see the bird shoot by (sorry Julian). Moral of the story is they don't always stick even in what would seem good habitat.

Dave Provencher

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