[CT Birds] (Extralimital) GYRFALCON in NJ - 2/25 NO
jrhough1 at snet.net
Thu Jan 26 13:36:16 EST 2017
The previously reported gray Gyr seen from the Alpine Viewpoint, NJ (just south of the Tappanzee Bridge), was NOT seen yesterday despite 40 observers present. It seems the bird, from its behavior and timing of sightings, is using the cliffs here to roost.
The bird could still be in the area but a Peregrine is present which may be causing some friction and may be causing the Gyr to roost somewhere close by. From published information, the approaching bird might not be visible from the viewpoint if it comes in low, but with a good crowd, surely someone would have spotted it last night.
It is likely the bird may have been in the area for a while and is hunting either along the waterfront or inland, and returning to the cliff areas from 3pm onwards to roost. This is typical Gyr behavior.
Since it is so close to CT, anyone wanting to see a Gyr should consider trying for this in the next few days to see if a pattern is re-establishesd. Julian Hough New Haven, CT 06519 www.naturescapeimages.wordpress.com
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