Guy L. Monty wrote:
Well, usually, yes it would, but not always. I have seen Saker crosses and a Prairie Falcon in the past which had what were obviously non-government bands on them, and no jesses.
I'm not saying that these bands are one type or another, as I can't see them very well, I was just throwing out a possibility.
Since you are here, what is your opinion on the wing length of the bird in the photo? It seems short for a Peregrine. Of course, it is a juvenile, but still.....? Just wondering what you think.
Guy L. Monty
Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, BC
All falconry birds by law must have anklets on. I see what you are saying about wing length and when I blow the picture up I see what I think is a tail mount transmitter on the bird in the second picture. This may indeed be a hybrid and with the length of the tail must have Saker in it. Unfortunately we can't get a good enough look at the tail to see if it has the tell tale spots of the Saker hybrid. I don't know of anyone that is making Peregrine/Sakers so if it is a hybrid it must be a Gyr/Saker. I would like to know how big this bird was. We do get falconry birds from WA state every once in a while but I have not heard of any lost birds there either.