This morning I headed over to Ulster County to see if I could find the Gyrfalcon reported yesterday. I wasn’t alone. There were many fellow birders (lots of old friends) who were also looking for it. I spent a couple of hours scouring the area around Blue Chip as far as Kingdom Hall, Wallkill and Lippencott Road. No luck. There were lots of birds around though. Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks, Turkeys, Horned Lark, Ducks, Mergansers, gulls etc. For me the bird of the day was an immature PEREGRINE FALCON. It flew in along the Wallkill River near the bridge over to the Correctional Facility. It posed for a few photos before taking off. Seeing a falcon fly in gave me a momentary start until I realized it was too dark for the Gyre. A good morning with nice birders.