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   Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon
Falco rusticolus


   Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) - GYRF (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Gyrfalcon Friday afternoon Feb. 8th. LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2018 @ 10:08pm, 12 day(s) ago
    This afternoon (2.8.18), at 3:15ish
    
    Jeff Miller and myself spotted the GYRFALCON found in Monterey
    County in the Salinas River State Beach Potrero sand dunes.
    
    
    The bird was perched in the tucks and folds of the sand dunes to the left as we
    walked south using the middle trail through the dunes. We think the falcon was
    perched somewhere in this east slope of the dunes above a willow patch area
    where it has been reported. It flushed and headed west then turned and flew in
    front of us low with quick deep wing beats showing its broad pointed wings.Giving
    us good opportunity to view the large size, streaky breast, and long tail. Enjoy
    the good beach weather Rich
    Cimino, Marin County Jeff
    Miller, Sonoma County
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  3. Gyrfalcon YES-Near Salinas River SB, Potrero Enterance LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2018 @ 9:46pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Birders,á
    á This afternoon, at 2:15ish I spotted the GYRFALCON from Molera Rd in Monterey County.á This was looking northwestá towards the Salinas River State Beach Potrero Entrance, where others apparently, had seen the bird in the morning (and on other occasions).á á From Molera Road, I scanned from the northern most point, before the road turns east back to hwy. 1.á I chose this spot, despite the distance from the area the bird had previously been seen, but for the better lighting (I was looking northwest rather than south into the afternoon sun).áá
    á The bird was perched ever so slightly on the east slope of the dunes above a willow patch.á It took off when a Northern Harrier flushed it, and headed north, at first on the east side of the dunes, but then to the oceanside headed north.á A few gulls flushed.á
    á The bird had been facing east when perched, so I saw the large size, streaky breast, and a distant impression of the facial pattern.á Confirmation of the ID was when the bird took off in flight; falcon flight and broader winged esp. at wing tips than a peregrine.á
    á Nine hours of searching, about 2 minutes of birding bliss.á á á
    á Afterwards, I searched from the Potrero Entrance from 2:45-3:45ish without success.á
    á áBest of luck,
    Mark Kudrav
    
    áá
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  5. Monterey Seabirds Winter Pelagic Feb. 11 LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2018 @ 8:29pm, 17 day(s) ago
    Hey folks,á á On Feb. 11, Monterey Seabirds is kicking off our first pelagic trip for 2018! Join us on Sunday as we explore Monterey Bay for in search of winter goodies.á It's been a nice winter thus far for Ancient Murrelet off of Monterey, a Brown Booby has been seen off and on at Pt. Pinos lately, and you just never know what surprise the Bay may hold.áá
    á We'll also be running a spring trip on May 20.á
    
    áCheck out our schedule atá
    
    Montereyseabirds.com
    
    or call to book a tripá
    
    (831) 375-4658áá
    
    á Good birding to all and best of luck with the Gyrfalcon!
    
    Best,á
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
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  7. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 6:32pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    Photos of the Monterey County Gyr can be seen here:
    
    https://ebird.org/media/catalogtaxonCode=gyrfal®ion=Monterey,%20California,%20United%20States%20(US)®ionCode=US-CA-053&includeUnconfirmed=T&q=Gyrfalcon%20-%20Falco%20rusticolus
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Don Roberson creagrus@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    á 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
    
    http://creagrus.home. montereybay.com/
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
    -------------------------------
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  9. Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 5:55pm, 18 day(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
    
    http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
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  11. Gyrfalcon in MTY : pajaro mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 11:39am, 18 day(s) ago
    An hour or so ago I found a young GYRFALCON, At the Pajaro river Mouth. Photos taken, currently being seen.
    
    -Blake Matheson
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  13. Lost white Gyrfalcon, Jan 25 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jan 26, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    I received a request to notify local birders that a white Gyrfalcon has been lost by a falconer in the vicinity of Palm Desert, Riverside County in Southern California.á Date lost Jan 25, 2016.
    
    If anyone sees this bird please contact the owner Ken Miknuk directly, phone 714-261-1778 or by email jmiknuk@...
    
    Thanks,
    
    --
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
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  15. Humboldt Gyrfalcon update and weekend access LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2014 @ 3:51pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,Just wanted to note that the GYRFALCON is still present on the Eel River Estuary Preserve BUT the preserve is going to be closing on the weekends and Wednesdays starting now until 12 MARCH due to the Aleutian Goose hunting season. The preserve staff are taking appointments for tomorrow and Friday after noon so call or email them to set up an appointment.
    
    Preserve info copied and pasted: Eel River Preserve is open for birding opportunities by appointment only.  Please contact Dave Erickson at (707) 672-4725 or david.e@... or Jason Fredrickson at (707) 672-4724 or jason.f@...
    
    Good luck! -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  17. Re: [nwcalbird] continuing Humboldt Gyrfalcon LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2014 @ 5:38pm, 4 year(s) ago
    The bird was enjoyed by many today. My group saw it kleptoparasitize
    (love that word) a peregrine. Word from Jason is that mornings are
    generally better for seeing it but we were there early afternoon.
    
    This preserve is owned by a nonprofit organization (The Wildlands
    Conservancy); please consider making a donation.
    
    Ken Burton
    Eureka
    www.norcalnature.com
    
    From: Rob Fowler
    Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:17 PM
    To: Northwest calbird ; Calbirds ; Countybirders
    Subject: [nwcalbird] continuing Humboldt Gyrfalcon
    
    Hi all,
    I heard from Jason Fredrickson, the ranger out at the Eel
    River Estuary preserve, that the Gyr was seen by 30+ people this morning.
    
    Copying and pasting the message from the other day: Eel River
    Preserve is open for birding opportunities by appointment only. Please
    contact Dave Erickson at (707) 672-4725 or david.e@... or Jason Fredrickson at (707) 672-4724 or jason.f@...
    Please call in updates on this bird to the Northwestern Calfornia Birdbox
    (707) 822.LOON or to Northwest Calbird (and eBird!). Thanks,
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  19. continuing Humboldt Gyrfalcon LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:17pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I heard from Jason Fredrickson, the ranger out at the Eel River Estuary preserve, that the Gyr was seen by 30+ people this morning.
    Copying and pasting the message from the other day:
    Eel River Preserve is open for birding opportunities by appointment only.  Please contact Dave Erickson at (707) 672-4725 or david.e@... or Jason Fredrickson at (707) 672-4724 or jason.f@...
    
    Please call in updates on this bird to the Northwestern Calfornia Birdbox (707) 822.LOON or to Northwest Calbird (and eBird!). Thanks,
    -- Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  21. HUM Gyr continues 11 Feb and Eel River Preserve FINAL ACCESS UPDATE LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2014 @ 7:45pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I just wanted to note that, yes, the white morph GYRFALCON was present again today and seen by many observers on the Eel River Estuary Preserve. Please see below for the hopefully FINAL UPDATE on access to the preserve, which has been switched back to "call for an appointment" with no time or day restrictions. Forwarding the most recent update for the preserve people:Eel River Preserve is open for birding opportunities by appointment only.  Please contact Dave Erickson at (707) 672-4725 or david.e@... or Jason Fredrickson at (707) 672-4724 or jason.f@...
    
    On another note I just saw that the KING EIDER was reported to eBird by Lucas Brug today: https://sites.google.com/site/northwesterncaliforniabirdtrax/home
    
    Thanks for your patience with this matter,
    Rob
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  23. Fwd: [nwcalbird] Eel River Estuary Preserve Hours (Updated) LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2014 @ 1:15pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Below are new days and hours for when the Eel River Preserve will be open for birders hoping to see the Gyrfalcon here in Humboldt County. The bird is still present as of today.
    
    Thanks,
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Jason Frederickson <jason.f@...>
    Date: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:03 PMSubject: [nwcalbird] Eel River Estuary Preserve Hours (Updated)To: nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com
    
    Due to the increased popularity of our preserve because of the Gyrfalcon, we have updated the times in which we will allow people, by appointment, to our property. We will now be accepting visitors: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday from 12-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Visitors will still need to call us at least 24 hours in advance to make an appointment. The days we will be open will be changing again to accommodate our duck club lessee when the extended goose season starts on 2/22. We also ask that when people are driving down Russ Ln not exceed 15mph, and be very respectful of all agricultural operations occurring on our property as well as neighboring properties.
    
    Contact information;
    Dave Erickson (Preserve Manager)
    (707) 672-4725
    david.e@...
    
    Jason Frederickson (Preserve Ranger)
    (707) 672-4724
    jason.f@...
    
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    
    
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  25. Gyrfalcon, Humboldt Co, Eel River bottoms LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2014 @ 11:45am, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
     The Gyrfalcon was seen today from Centerville Road east of the white house with the palm trees as well as from Eel River Estuary Preserve. It was perched on a fence perhaps a quarter mile into the fields from the dunes. According to Brian Sullivan it is a white morph bird, rare in the lower 48. I watched it from 8:30 to about 9:45 from 3 places in the area. It was flushed when a rancher drew cattle to hay spread out for them.
    
    Chet OganEureka, CAoganc@...707-442-9353 home707-496-9001 cell
    
    
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  27. Fw: [nwcalbird] Gyrfalcon (HUM) Location details... LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2014 @ 7:01pm, 4 year(s) ago
    
    From: Brad Elvert
    Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:55 PM
    To: nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [nwcalbird] Gyrfalcon (HUM) Location
    details...
    
    So I originally had the bird Sunday off of Centerville Rd. in Ferndale @ a
    pullout next to the big white house with palm trees as I was scoping the fields
    it flew over me. Today Matt Delgado had it on a class field trip in the
    Conservancy area. Then Kurt Ongman and Phillip Chaon had it in the same area.
    Next I belive mid afternoon Camden bruner had it off of Centerville rd near the
    barn with oyster piles just past where I had it. So it seems to like that area.
    I also heard that the Caracara might have possibly been seen in that area and
    the golden eagle was there last week...and a Tropical Kingbird and I could go on
    ....HUMBODLT is HOT right now!! Go Get EM!! hope this helps.. Bird on!
    Brad
    
    
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  29. Fw: [nwcalbird] King Eider and Gyrfalcon...(HUMBOLDT) 2-6-14 LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2014 @ 6:34pm, 4 year(s) ago
    
    From: Brad Elvert
    Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:32 PM
    To: nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [nwcalbird] King Eider and Gyrfalcon...(HUMBOLDT)
    2-6-14
    
    Hi birders, the female KING EIDER continues today seen by at least a half
    dozen people. It was located north of the Redwood Creek Mouth up the beach at
    least a mile. Reached best from the end of Hufford Rd.. it was in with a mixed
    flock of Scoters, mostly BLACK SCOTERS...and a good amount of them too..over a
    100 were reported yesterday and at least 50+ today. The weather wasnt the best..
    but persistence paid off..big time..Next I got a text from Matt Delgado
    about a probable GYRFALCON in Ferndale..He was in class on a fieldtrip and saw a
    light morph falcon.. it was later confirmed by other parties. Funny thing is I
    saw and photographed this bird last Sunday on the 2nd of February thinking it
    was a Prairie Falcon and didnt follow up on my pictures.. sure enough it was the
    same bird, so the bird has been hanging around since at least Sunday.. photos
    here http://www.flickr.com/photos/92648471@N07/12291679933/ and
    herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/92648471@N07/12353011174/ if you click on
    the link you can see other photos as well from there
    
    
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