Date: 12/21/18 10:00 am
From: John Facchini <john.facchini...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Gyr Tomorrow
I was not able to connect with either the Gyr or the PF Goose yesterday -
not for lack of trying. Thanks to everyone for their input and good
birding!

On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 8:08 AM Carl Bendorf <carlbendorf...> wrote:

> Hi John Facchini,
>
> I think folks might appreciate hearing whether you were able to find the
> Gyrfalcon or not.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Carl Bendorf
> Longmont
>
> On Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:56:17 PM UTC-7, Joe Roller wrote:
>>
>> I'd like to reiterate the idea of having bringing your two way radio to
>> stay
>> in touch with fellow "Gyr-seekers".
>>
>> Joe Roller, Denver
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 8:42 PM Richard <rich......> wrote:
>>
>>> John,
>>> There is a great and safe place to hang out south of the landfill, on
>>> the west side of Taft at the Trilby/Taft intersection. Trilby, is paved on
>>> the east side of Taft, but is a dirt road on the west side, where there is
>>> lots of easy and safe parking.
>>> I was there on Sunday and Monday. You have great views of both the
>>> landfill and the areas surrounding Trilby/Taft, which is where our friend
>>> has been hanging out.
>>> Good luck,
>>> Rich
>>>
>>> On Dec 19, 2018, at 19:36, Wayne Wathen <wwa......> wrote:
>>>
>>> The wind should not be a problem tomorrow. Good luck.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Dec 19, 2018, at 7:22 PM, Carl Bendorf <carlb......> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi John,
>>>
>>> I hope others will chime in with better advice but my sense (having been
>>> there a couple of times and watching all the postings) is that the better
>>> bet is to perhaps park on Trilby west of Taft Hill (I don't know, maybe
>>> half a mile in?) and waiting. The falcon seems to really like perching on
>>> the tallest (brown metal) power line poles but also on lower perches either
>>> north or south of Trilby. The sightings at the landfill itself seem to
>>> have been irregular, unpredictable quick fly-bys whereas the Trilby Road
>>> sightings are of the bird perching sometimes for more than an hour. You
>>> probably also have seen the recent postings about the bird also being seen
>>> perched EAST of Taft Hill Rd or even a ways south on Taft Hill (but very
>>> hard to park along Taft Hill itself.) I think being there at first light
>>> would be good as there do seem to be early morning sightings.
>>>
>>> The day I was there, we were able to enter the landfill itself by
>>> telling the person at the entry booth that we were "just birders" and she
>>> knew all about the rare bird and waved us on in. Once headed in (follow
>>> the big dump trucks) there should be a person in a reflective vest who you
>>> should check in with and ask where it would be OK to park. But again, at
>>> that point, you are waiting for a quick fly-by it seems.
>>>
>>> You CAN see the landfill (with all the loafing/scavenging gulls) from
>>> Trilby but it's a long ways off. I saw the gulls all get up several times
>>> and hoped it meant the falcon was present but those were false alarms so
>>> the gulls do seem to just all get up once in a while and then settle back
>>> down all on their own.
>>>
>>> Hope this helps.
>>>
>>> Carl Bendorf
>>> Longmont CO
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>>> On Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 6:58:40 PM UTC-7, John Facchini
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hello all,
>>>>
>>>> I am an out of town birder who will have a shot tomorrow to search for
>>>> the Gyrfalcon. This would be a most desired lifer for me. I have been
>>>> reviewing the posts (thanks all!) and am curious what the best strategy
>>>> would be to try and respectfully see this bird tomorrow. Is it just
>>>> driving Taft and Trilby Roads or does the Recycling plant allow birders
>>>> access?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks in advance
>>>> John Facchini
>>>> San Francisco - formerly of Denver
>>>>
>>>> Also - any updates tomorrow would be greatly appreciated
>>>> My phone is (201) 805-5151 - I plan on being in the area at first
>>>> light through early afternoon unless it makes an early appearance and let's
>>>> me go on a wild goose chase.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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