Date: 11/5/19 9:57 am
From: marimammoser <marimammoser...>
Subject: [cobirds] Gyrfalcon, Larimer County
At 9:30 this morning, the Gyrfalcon was again on top of one of the metal
power poles just west of Taft Hill Road. It stayed there long enough for me
to get my scope out and on the bird. I watched it for 3-4 minutes, calling
Dave Leatherman in the meantime. At 9:35 it flew southeast across Taft Hill
Road and interacted with another falcon, possibly the Prairie Falcon. It
dove and twisted and turned with the other bird until the other one left. I
then lost it. Dave showed up at 9: 45 or so. We watched for another 20
minutes or so and I then noticed it had returned to the top of the 4th
metal pole from the west end of the straight line of poles. We raced along
Trilby to get close and were able to stop and both get our scopes on the
bird. Dave also was able to get his camera out and took several pictures.
The Falcon then took off circling and soaring towards the dump and we then
lost it. 5 minutes later all of the gulls (approximately 1000) at the dump
got up, so we think it chased or harassed them.

Joe Mammoser
Fort Collins

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