surprised there's not more of a buzz about this....
14:19 03/03/09 Gyr Falcon Norfolk Terrington Marsh 13:45 probable grey morph or hybrid large grey falcon flew east at 13:45
Sure the spectre of falconer's birds and minging hybrids always looms large but this has been an amazing winter for grey Gyrs on the near-Continent - a record year in fact in Denmark with four* 2nd cal Gyrs during 12th-27th Feb alone....
*per Rolf Christensen
and this lot:
this series is certainly a distant memory.....
Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus)
1954 Blakeney Point, 1st October. Seago, 1977; Taylor, Seago, Allard & Dorling, 1999
1954 Cley area, 1st to 8th January; same as December, 1953. Seago, 1977; Taylor, Seago, Allard & Dorling, 1999
1953 Cley/Blakeney, 20th and 26th December, same, Stiffkey, 29th December. Seago, 1977; Bloomfield, 1993
1953 Wells and Scolt Head, January. Seago, 1977; Bloomfield, 1993