I have a recording from Thayer's "Birds of North America". I would describe
it as Sibley does, except that it is more drawn out and ascending in pitch.
Each note is about 2-3 seconds long. More like "kwwoooAAAHHH
kwooooaaAAAHHH kwwooooaaaAAAHHHH". It is repeated three times on the
recording, whether significant or not. Your call certainly might fit a Gyr.
Seen from below, they look like a flying football with a stout tail.
Port Kent, NY
"Enjoy every sandwich." - W. Zevon
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From: "The Copenhavers" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 10:25 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Gyrfalcon?
> Sorry for the late post, but on 12/26, while cleaning the most recent
> batch of snow off my car, I heard a low-pitched, guttural GROK call,
> repeated three times. I looked up expecting to see a Raven, but instead
> saw a largish "hawk," very light colored underneath. It was flying away
> from me, at a distance of several hundred feet when I first saw it. Of
> course, I didn't have binoculars. The Gyrfalcon would seem to be the
> only hawk-like bird with such a deep call. Sibley describes it as a
> "deep, hoarse kwah, kwah, kwah." I have been unable to find a recording
> of this call either on tapes/CDs that I own or on the internet. Lacking
> other visual identification, is this call a good bet for a Gyrfalcon?
> Ken Copenhaver
> Fairfax VT