Darren Clark <riversilt@...>
I had a great evening of birding. I didn't see a lot of variety, but it was pretty high quality stuff. Out near Ashton I found a large Falcon eating a Gray Partridge. It was extremely foggy and the bird was very distant, but after adding some contrast to the photo it was, as I suspected, a Gyrfalcon. Adam Brubaker actually photographed it a couple of days ago but, thanks to my help, it was misidentified as a Prairie. Near the Gyrfalcon was a huge flock of Snow Buntings ( 200 birds or so). At dusk I found a Great Gray Owl sitting on a power pole.
Gyrfalcon photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/8446767850/in/photostream
Great Gray Owl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/8446768078/in/photostream/
I'm hesitant to post exact directions to either bird because of the harassment they are likely to encounter. If anybody wants specific directions though, I'd probably share them privately.