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  1. Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 5:55pm, 9 month(s) ago
    As eBird designates Gyrfalcon as a "sensitive species," updates on its Monterey County occurrence today are not appear on eBird alerts, nor can you find specific details on eBird maps. Here is a short update from today: Blake Matheson found the gray-morph juv perched at Pajaro River mouth, on the Monterey side, in late morning, but then it flew. Brian Sullivan and Paul Fenwick arrived and joined Blake, and the Gyr was refound. Apparently it was flushed by children or dogs once or twice and may have flown into Santa Cruz, but then returned and perched on the beach again. When I arrived at 11:55 it was perched on driftwood near the river mouth, but in less than a minute it took off and flew south towards Zmudowski, flying past Rita Carratello hurrying northwards, and she saw it fly south and out of sight. At 12:20 Sullivan and Fenwick found it sitting on the crossbar of a telephone pole on Giberson, the road to Zmudowski, and we scoped it there amongst a group of ten of us. Then it flew south again towards Moss Landing and has not been seen again.
    You can look at eBird lists from Pajaro River mouth, Zmudowski, and the Giberson Road hot spot today -- all of which have photos -- but I don't know if those will show. There are many photos of it sitting and in flight. The remiges and rectrices are all juv feathers and not unduly worn. No one saw bands or jessies in scope views or in flight.
    The Gyr was flushed by beach-goers with dogs and children today... and it was very warm and calm at the beach today. I suspect the Gyr will look for a beach location without many people. It could return to the Pajaro River mouth (reached from MTY side from Zmudowski SB parking lot and walking the fire road just east of the dunes to the river mouth {Warning -- Zmudowski SB parking lot is notorious for car break-ins.. take valuables with you.} There is a long stretch of mostly vacant beach from Moss Landing south to Salinas River mouth. That beach can be reached from parking lot for Salinas River NWR (long walk up the beach) or parking lots just south of Moss Landing town (long walk down the beach).
    Best of luck, Don
    Don Roberson
    Pacific Grove CA
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