Friday, March 22, 2013

gyr refound


They always look large but the true size of this gyr falcon really became apparent when it started flying around with a hooded crow in it's talons.

Spent a sunny morning in the field working the coast between Påarps mal and Norra Ängalag. Big flocks of eider at most locations along this stretch, with a total of 1950 logged during the morning, no sign of any rare interlopers but this has to be the stretch to concentrate on this spring for that elusive king. The rev produced a single dunlin and nearby I had my first twite of the year in a stubble field.

Last stop of the day was Norra Ängalag where things seemed quiet (although there was a flock of 300 common scoter offshore) until I glanced south and noticed a large falcon going vertically into a flock of distraught crows. Gyr? I walked the short distance south to Rålehamn and flushed it from the beach. It carried the crow it was feeding on to some offshore rocks and although distant seemed unhappy with me and pretty quickly flew again, this time north. It was astonishing how effortlessly it carried the crow out of sight onto Gröthögarna. A great end to the session.

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