Date: 3/20/17 8:16 am From: William Moorhead via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] White Gyrfalcon???
Yesterday (Sun 3/19), at 15:00 EDST, I was driving on Route 132 on Bethlehem and spotted overhead (41.6391 x -73.2116) what I can only make out to be a white phase White Gyrfalcon. It seems the only other option would be a white phase Peregrine Falcon, if such existed. It was sliding south not far above tree-top level, not flapping in brief moment I saw it, and I only saw it from below. It was definitely larger than crow, and I think pretty close to Red-tailed Hawk-size. Tail was long and narrowed to a squared tip, and wings were long and somewhat pointed, set at an angle about like a boomerang. Ir was white underneath except for faint barred on primaries toward tips. I did not notice dark primary tips with as much contrast of black and white as are shown in illustrations, but about as I see in many photos. I can find no photos of gyrfalcons from underneath in the same pose as the one I saw, but the photos I do find from underneath show a somewhat chunkier beast than the one I saw looked. I hope it is acceptable to send this kind of report to CTBird!