FYI. Reported yesterday to ebird.
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> Date: January 1, 2017 at 10:25:53 PM EST
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> Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Vermont <hourly>
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> Gyrfalcon (1 Chittenden)
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> Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) (1)
> - Reported Jan 01, 2017 14:30 by Frank Rounds
> - Greenish Rd, Chittenden, Vermont
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.2799589,-73.2572329&ll=44.2799589,-73.2572329
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33360082
> - Media: 2 Photos
> - Comments: "Sunday afternoon around 2:30, driving south on Greenbush Rd after the intersection of Thompson Point Rd. Open fields on both sides of the road with hundreds of crows hanging around. A large bird being harassed by a falcon, both flew over our truck, so I yelled to pull over!
> I was able to get out with binoculars and catch the falcon popping above the tree tops of the farmhouse next to the fields. It was a Peregrine, and a couple seconds later the large bird flew out of the trees and crossed the field with the Peregrine in chase.
> I was lucky enough to see the Gyrfalcon from good angles as it reacted to the Peregrine. The size difference was quite noticeable as the Peregrine was maybe 3/4 the size of the Gyr. The bottom view of the Gyr had the distinct two tone light grey wing pattern.
> The Gyr landed in some trees and the peregrine kept on flying.
> At this point I got the scope out and was able to view the perched bird facing away from me. It was brown, slightly mottled back with darker brown as the wings met. The wingtips were well above the tail tip. There was no significant marking on the head. We repositioned our truck to get a closer view of the bird and confirmed my initial observations.
> At one point a couple crows investigated the bird and I was able to see the size difference clearly, this bird was red tailed hawk size, but clearly a falcon.
> My daughter offered to take some pictures with my iPhone through the scope. These are cropped pictures and may not be conclusive, but worth a look.
> Another car had stopped to scope the bird, they drove on without stopping to talk to us, but the homeowner near where we originally spotted the birds came out and spoke with us and viewed the bird through the scope. He agreed with my observations.
> Good luck to anyone wishing to find this bird! I welcome any input."
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