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Old 01-24-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Gyrfalcon in the Adirondacks

Over the years I have seen what I thought was the all white falcon called a "Gyrfalcon" a couple times in the northern Adirondacks. Has anyone out there seen them and if so where?
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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Where have you seen one? I have never personally seen one but I have seen reports of sightings in NY on birding sites.

It is a species of which a sighting should be reported...http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/NYSARClist.htm
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I saw what I believe was a Gyrfalcon over lake champlain in the winter of 06. Its was chasing a duck in level flight which made me think Gyr instead of Peregrine. It appeared to be a grayish color or so I thought one things for sure they were really moving. I hope he caught the duck.
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Here's the eBird collection of NY sightings - http://bit.ly/hcCE07
They're certainly a rare occurrence in NY, but they do show up.

By the way, eBird is an awesome tool. I've never been a list keeper, but the fact that all of this data is being collected in a central point and being used in all sorts of cool ways makes me want to keep track of my sightings to contribute.

Birds get all of the attention. I wish they'd expand the system to include ALL species.
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Where have you seen one? I have never personally seen one but I have seen reports of sightings in NY on birding sites.

It is a species of which a sighting should be reported...http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/NYSARClist.htm
Both times in Northern Franklin County. Each were very brief seen as they zipped past a clearing in the trees, so I would hesitate to report without a photograph or a solid sighting to ensure I wasn't looking at another falcon or Kestral and it just looked white from the sunlight bouncing off it etc. I am pretty sure about what I saw but not a 100%. Awesome birds.. and thanks for the website!
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Here's the eBird collection of NY sightings - http://bit.ly/hcCE07
They're certainly a rare occurrence in NY, but they do show up.

By the way, eBird is an awesome tool. I've never been a list keeper, but the fact that all of this data is being collected in a central point and being used in all sorts of cool ways makes me want to keep track of my sightings to contribute.

Birds get all of the attention. I wish they'd expand the system to include ALL species.
Great site and I couldn't agree more!
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Were you in a forested area when you first saw it? If that is the case I would tend to think that is was a goshawk as opposed to a gryfalcon. They can have an awful lot of white on them and even have a white phase on rare occasions. They are also forest hawks and tend to be in forested areas while falcons are better suited to open areas. Animals do what they want however so you never know.
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Were you in a forested area when you first saw it? If that is the case I would tend to think that is was a goshawk as opposed to a gryfalcon. They can have an awful lot of white on them and even have a white phase on rare occasions. They are also forest hawks and tend to be in forested areas while falcons are better suited to open areas. Animals do what they want however so you never know.
They do look very similar

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Here's the eBird collection of NY sightings - http://bit.ly/hcCE07
They're certainly a rare occurrence in NY, but they do show up.

By the way, eBird is an awesome tool. I've never been a list keeper, but the fact that all of this data is being collected in a central point and being used in all sorts of cool ways makes me want to keep track of my sightings to contribute.

Birds get all of the attention. I wish they'd expand the system to include ALL species.
Very cool site. Thanks for sharing.

Birds are unique from other species because the class of birds has so many different species in one area. Also, it is easier for a lost bird to end up in a odd area (rare sightings). Like those gyrflacons near the city.
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