Date: 1/4/18 8:26 pm From: Lee Cain <lcain...> Subject: [obol] Another large falcon
This time I won't stake my life on anything in particular, but I think it worthwhile for Youngs Bay birders to continue to watch for Gyrs.
Tonight at dusk I was cycling across the old Youngs Bay Bridge, under about 300 Cackling Geese in flight. A large, chunky and broad-winged falcon with stiff wing beats repeatedly stooped from a short distance above the flock, attempting attacks on individual geese. I was without binoculars and the bird was a black silhouette. After 3 attacks where each time the goose did that neat little roll that geese do, it gave up and turned its attention to one of a pair of in-flight mallards, also unsuccessfully. Eventually it flew off to the west. I keep imagining it on a roost, more and more ravenous till morning.