Blue Chip Farm Gyrfalcon – YES!!! click on photos for best viewing size.

What a magnificent Bird!

What a magnificent Bird!

At around 2:30 this afternoon, Matt Zeitler called and asked if anyone had found the Gyrfalcon today. I informed him that in spite of extensive searching by many people, the bird was not found. Disappointed, he said he thought he would try for it anyway. A short time later he called me and said he had found the bird before he even reached Bates Lane. The bird was on the side of Hoagerburg Road perched in a spruce tree. I zoomed back down, only 30 minutes as the jeep flies! Matt called to tell me the bird had relocated on Old Fort Road, directly across from Bates Lane and was feeding on a carcass of its prey. I arrived to find a couple birders with Matt having great looks at the Gyrfalcon! Over the course of the next hour and a half, at least 50 birders arrived to see the bird, which was very cooperative. I just have to say, you have to know Matt. He has raptor blood flowing through his veins!  He can’t get enough of them. This was a lifer for him (and many others) and it was great that he was able to find this bird. Thanks again Matt! Hopefully, this fabulous bird will remain in the area for a while. Days like today make a hard winter worth toughing out!

The Gyrfalcon feeds on the carcass.  It is thought that the prey may have been a duck.

The Gyrfalcon feeds on the carcass. It is thought that the prey may have been a duck.

Wow!

Wow!

What an experience for all of those who were present today!

What an experience for all of those who were present today!

Just a few of the many people who showed for the Gyrfalcon!

Just a few of the many people who showed for the Gyrfalcon!

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10 Responses to Blue Chip Farm Gyrfalcon – YES!!! click on photos for best viewing size.

  1. Deb Kral says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I gave up too easily but will try, try again!

  2. Kathleen Ashman says:

    How marvelous it was to see this exquisite bird, made all the more enjoyable by seeing it with old friends.! The excitement was palpable! Great photos of this magnificent bird!

  3. What a great afternoon! Nice job John with the post and photos; I’m so glad that bird stuck around for folks to see it.

    • Thanks Matt, so glad you decided to go for the bird in spite of the lack of success the rest of us had today.  This is birding, you just never know what’s going to happen next.  For all of us this was one of the great days in birding!

  4. bill fiero says:

    Another one in the books! Thanks much for the tip. Ain’t retirement great?

  5. scottpfisher says:

    Very nice. I might make the trek up there from S.Jersey.

    • Scott,      It is worth the trip!  The bird was seen again this afternoon, one hour on Old Fort Road and then relocated later on Bruyn Trp.  The bird is easiest to see in the afternoon, Good luck if you come. John

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