[Tweeters] Samish Gyrfalcon

Louis lpkreemer at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 17:20:21 PDT 2021

Hi Tweeters,

A juvenile Gyrfalcon was a nice surprise at East 90 at 2pm this afternoon.
I was enjoying the Short-eared Owls when this bird shot through the area
about a hundred feet from me, flushing the dabbling duck flock it was
targeting. After missing, it continued on and flew East, somewhat in the
direction of Edison. My photos were poor because I didn't have time to
adjust settings, and the Gyr was flying away from me most of the time I
watched it. It did briefly turn so that I could see its head and
underparts. Quite large falcon with broad wings, pale underparts with
streaking, limited dark on the wing tips, weakly defined malar stripe,
mostly uniform sandy-gray on the top of the wings, gray underwings. Didn't
relocate the bird when I briefly checked the area it was flying towards,
but I'm sure it's around. Perhaps getting late in the season for this
species in Washington?

Louis Kreemer
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