Date: 1/27/18 4:14 pm From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Warren County Gyr
Mike Britt stated, " There's no reason to believe this isn't the same dark morph Gyrfalcon photographed three miles away with prey on 12-18-17 near Stewartsville,*Warren*."
Agreed. The photo was taken by a local resident and Merrill Creek hawkwatcher, Matt Domanski. He showed me the photo a few weeks later trying to nail down the ID. I thought the bird to be an excellent candidate for the "big one" status. The photo was shown to a highly skilled birder and began it's movement thru the ID community channels. At the time Matt had tried to relocate the bird without luck a number of times.There are extensive farm fields along the Delaware River out there which would have provided ample territory for this bird to get lost.This is in close proximity to Merrill Creek Reservoir where "a bird" was spotted and photograghed again.An excellent job by Mr. Domanski and the subsequent observers with photos upon what is probably its' relocation. It was M. Britt's advice for those able, to keep an eye out in the area since his feelings were the bird could still be around.And. It is!Good luck if you venture....
A note should be added that years ago(12 or so),a Gyrfalcon was photograghed at Merrill on the point directly to the right of the dead wood this bird used today... it was never seen again.