I have always heard that it is, and that a fair percentage of Gyrfalcon
sightings here and elsewhere are never reported publicly for fear of
unscrupulous falconers finding, trapping and making off with the bird.
I don't know how often this (an unscrupulous falconer kidnapping a
Gyrfalcon) really happens, but I do know it has happened at least once
The folks in Mass. have gone to extraordinary lengths to make the
location of the Hadley bird available to birders while concealing it,
they hope, from falconers. There's now a sign-up procedure that
requires submission of evidence that the person is actually a birder--
an ebird account, regular postings to birders' listservs or the like--
before the information will be shared.
This is fairly cumbersome, pretty porous for a determined
falconer-evildoer, and it's certainly not foolproof. But the Gyr is
still there and regularly being seen by a good number of birders.
On 2/25/2013 8:59 PM, Mundi Smithers wrote:
> I was chatting witha MA friend last week about the Gyrfalcon (sp?)
> that has been seen in the the Connecticut Valley area. She mentioned
> that the specific info has become 'generalized' due to concern that
> falconers would take advantage of the Mass Bird list to snare
> falcons. Is this of concern here in Vermont??
> Mundi North Pownal
> Mundi Smithers
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