Date: 2/10/18 2:55 pm
From: ALAN MART <a.mart67...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gyrfalcon Luck, Alpha Grasslands Near Oberly Road
Having cancelled the Audubon walk I was co-leading today, I decided to go to the grassland in search of a Ross's Goose after receiving a text from a friend who had seen 2 there this afternoon. As I approached the spot, I looked up to see the Gyrfalcon perched on a telephone pole directly overhead. What a beauty! I managed to get a few pictures before it flew off scattering every goose in the area. Fortunately, it perched again 3 telephone poles further down the road and stayed long enough for a couple of other birders to also see the bird. Flying off it was easy to see how big this bird is relative to a peregrine, and it power was palpable.

Haven't also seen this bird 2 weeks ago at Merrill Creek, I consider myself to be very lucky.

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Alan Mart (High Bridge)


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