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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. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Apr 3, 2018 @ 1:57pm, 3 month(s) ago
    California birders,   The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in early May. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you.   Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee     2017-139  Garganey                       25 Nov 2017-11 Mar 2018             Waller Park  SBA                               (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-142  Black-headed Gull       27 Nov 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2017-143  Black-headed Gull       5-9 Dec 2017                                      North Shore  RIV                              (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2017-154  Black-headed Gull       9 Dec 2017                                          Modesto WTP  STA                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-022  Black-tailed Gull           11 Feb-11 Mar 2018                        Crescent City  DN                             (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-175  Arctic Loon                    16 Dec 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2018-015  Arctic Loon                    26 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Abbotts Lagoon  MRN                    (documentation from 3 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-021  Arctic Loon                    2 Feb 2018                                           Steamer Lane  SCZ                           (documentation complete) 2017-155  Nazca Booby (4)          11 Dec 2017-present                      San Diego Bay  SD                            (documentation from 15 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-010  Nazca Booby                 16 Jan 2018                                         near Ocean Beach  SD                    (documentation complete) 2017-094  Tricolored Heron (2)  25 Sep 2017-present                       Bolsa Chica  ORA                              (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-096  Tricolored Heron         25-26 Sep 2017                                  Santa Ana R.  ORA                            (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-113  Black Vulture                14-22 Oct 2017                                  Pt. Reyes  MRN                                 (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2018-016  Gyrfalcon                       3 Feb-4 Mar 2018                             Pajaro R. mouth  MTY/SCZ           (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-011  Winter Wren                 2 Jan-20 Feb 2018                             Pt. San Pablo  CC                              (documentation from 1 observer – additional documentation requested) 2018-014  Winter Wren                 28 Jan 2018                                         Orr Ranch  SAC                                  (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-009  Curve-billed Thrasher   6 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Woodland  YOL                                 (documentation from 9 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-013  Field Sparrow               26 Jan 2018                                         Half Moon Bay  SM                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2017-168  Louisiana Waterthrush  23 Dec 2017-14 Jan 2018          Big Sur R.  MTY                                  (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-001  Tropical Parula             5 Jan-14 Feb 2018                             Huntington Beach  ORA                 (documentation from 11 observers – additional documentation requested)     What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).   Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email.   Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations
    can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present.    
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  3. Gyrfalcon Friday afternoon Feb. 8th. LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2018 @ 10:08pm, 4 month(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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  5. Gyrfalcon YES-Near Salinas River SB, Potrero Enterance LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2018 @ 9:46pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders, 
      This afternoon, at 2:15ish I spotted the GYRFALCON from Molera Rd in Monterey County.  This was looking northwest  towards the Salinas River State Beach Potrero Entrance, where others apparently, had seen the bird in the morning (and on other occasions).    From Molera Road, I scanned from the northern most point, before the road turns east back to hwy. 1.  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).  
      The bird was perched ever so slightly on the east slope of the dunes above a willow patch.  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.  A few gulls flushed. 
      The bird had been facing east when perched, so I saw the large size, streaky breast, and a distant impression of the facial pattern.  Confirmation of the ID was when the bird took off in flight; falcon flight and broader winged esp. at wing tips than a peregrine. 
      Nine hours of searching, about 2 minutes of birding bliss.     
      Afterwards, I searched from the Potrero Entrance from 2:45-3:45ish without success. 
       Best of luck,
    Mark Kudrav
    
      
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  7. Monterey Seabirds Winter Pelagic Feb. 11 LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2018 @ 8:29pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Hey folks,    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.  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.  
      We'll also be running a spring trip on May 20. 
    
     Check out our schedule at 
    
    Montereyseabirds.com
    
    or call to book a trip 
    
    (831) 375-4658  
    
      Good birding to all and best of luck with the Gyrfalcon!
    
    Best, 
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 6:32pm, 5 month(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:
    
      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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  11. Re: Gyrfalcon in MTY: Pajaro River mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 5:55pm, 5 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
    
    http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
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  13. Gyrfalcon in MTY : pajaro mouth LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2018 @ 11:39am, 5 month(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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  15. 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.  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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  17. 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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  19. 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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  21. 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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  23. 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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  25. 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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  27. 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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  29. 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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