Finally, after a number of attempts and four or five hours today, the Gyrfalcon in Hadley was relocated and I got to see it. It was first seen in the trees along the edge of a farm field, but soon took off and landed in a nearby cornfield, where it remained for 40 or so minutes. Unfortunately I could not get any closer and conditions were not great for pictures through the scope. But, pics or it didn't happen, so here it is...
At Plum Island today I had close to 50 species, which I thought wasn't too bad for a mid-winter day of birding. Highlights included the continuing Western Grebe, a Eurasian Wigeon, a couple of Canvasbacks and six species of raptors.
This Kestrel and Kingfisher were hanging out in the same spot, doing similar things. Both were birds I was not really expecting to see today.
Today and yesterday I went out searching for the Gyrfalcon that has been seen in Hadley the last couple of weeks. Though a few people think they had glimpses, I'm a bit skeptical as there were Merlin, Peregrines, Harriers, Red-taileds, and Rough-legs around, and people tend to see what they want. But hey, I'm still jealous.
I did however see some great songbirds along Aqua Vita Road where someone had spread seed along the road. Lots of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and Savannah Sparrows, along with a Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrow.
Vesper showing white in outer tail feathers nicely.