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Gyrfalcon in Delta
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Author:  birdergirl [ Mar 01 6:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

Mike Tabak got some awesome photos of the GYRF today and he noticed it was banded! You can see the small band on his right leg on the second photo. Hopefully we can find out who banded him once we get some clearer photos showing the numbers on the band.

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This bird appears to be a different bird than seen previously in the area. Here is a photo that Alberto Vilca got of the bird on Dec 13th. As you can see it is unbanded.

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Cheers,
Mel

Author:  Slabs [ Mar 01 8:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

All three the above photographs are good but the last one is something special. Would love to see it in full original resolution.

Kudos to the photographer.

Author:  birdergirl [ Mar 01 11:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

It is indeed a gorgeous shot Alwyn!

I spoke to Bud Anderson a Falcon Researcher in WA and he told me that he can find out right away who banded the bird but we need photos of course where the band is readable. He said that it was most likely banded as a nestling somewhere to the north in BC, Alaska, NWT or the Yukon. It is not a falconer's band.

Gregory Lis did get some good photos of the band and you can see some numbers clearly on it. I am not sure if that will be enough but I sent it to Bud anyways.

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This bird has at least been present at Brunswick Point since Feb 7,2017 when Alberto Vilca photographed him.

Frank Lu got a shot on Dec 12, 2016 of an unbanded bird at Brunswick:

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And on Feb 20, 2017 Frank Lu photographed this banded bird:

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Note the differences in the malar stripe on the unbanded and banded bird as well.

If anyone gets more readable shots of the band please post or email it to me at bcbirdergirl(at)gmail(com).

Cheers,
Mel

Author:  birdergirl [ Mar 03 3:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

shaynekaye wrote:
He appeared briefly at 3:00pm yesterday (Thursday, December 22) flying over the flats, landing in the trees by the house, and taking off 30 seconds later. Got a couple quick snaps of him in the tree and a poor one as he was being chased by a Peregrine over the water.

Not bad, I drove the entire circumference of Iceland earlier this year with a Gyr - the #1 bird on my life wishlist - as my top priority...found nothing. A pre-Christmas visit to my parents in Ladner for two days? Sure, why not?

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Gyrfalcon! by Shayne Kaye, on Flickr

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Falcon chase by Shayne Kaye, on Flickr


Note the unbanded leg here in this photo by Shayne.

Cheers,
Mel

Author:  stcalico [ Mar 25 10:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

I saw this bird at Reifel a few days back. I think it is a Gryfalcon. Was sitting where the 2 Eagles usually sit at top of the big evergreen tree not far from the entrance. Sorry, did not get any other shots of him/her so don't know if banded or not.

(Hopefully this image posts. )

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Author:  JohnTee [ Mar 28 3:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

I'm not a falcon freak, but the thin facial mask and paler brown coloring suggest this bird could be a Prarie Falcon, compared to other photos in this thread.

Author:  stcalico [ Mar 29 12:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

Thanks John. The hawks and falcon s in my bird book all look so similar to me!... but I thought this one looked like the other photos in this thread, so I posted in case it is. If anyone can confirm if this is a Prairie Falcon or a Gryfalcon, please feel free to clarify/advise. tx. :)

Author:  Owlet [ Mar 29 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gyrfalcon in Delta

Great photo and find! :D

I'm saying a gyr mainly for the fact that a gyr was seen at the nearby alaksen a couple times over the winter. The only prairie we've had for a while in the lower mainland is at pitt meadows, a bird that has came back for atleast two winters (i've only started birding 2 and a half years ago so it could of been there longer) in the light it looks quite bright but the slightlier bigger build and barred lower chest are some id points. Probably the biggest thing except the location is the beak, as prairies have yellow beaks with black tips while this bird has a grey and black beak. I could very much be wrong though, but either falcon is a great find, especially at the location you saw it at! :D

Cheers,

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