After my morning post about a possible gyrfalcon on Spear street, I
returned to the scene, in the early afternoon, in hopes of obtaining
pictures of a gyrfalcon (this is a life bird for me.) Imagine my
surprise to find another raptor in the same location (across the road
from the Miller Research Station entrance, on Spear street, SoBu.)
This SECOND BIRD, was approximately the same size as the first, but my
best attempt at an ID was an immature Goshawk (very different head and
breast markings and coloration and broader tail bands). One other
person reported seeing a raptor at this location (offlist) and thought
it was potentially a female cooper's - I think that is quite possible.
I've never seen anything like this, but this second bird was sitting in
a roost of a dozen crows, some less than a wing length away from the
raptor and apparently in peaceful co-existence. Apparently, the
pigeons at this location are a raptor magnet.
I do hope others will check out this location and report their
sightings. I will be back again tomorrow hoping for a gyrfalcon photo!