Fw: Help with Raptor ID... Any ideas?
- Okay experts lets hear what you think and why. Thanks
Kim M. Potter
White River National Forest
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mike_britten@..., Philip D
10/15/2008 11:51 Nyland/R2/USDAFS@FSNOTES, Greg
AM Hayward/R2/USDAFS@FSNOTES, Kim M
Help with Raptor ID... Any ideas?
Please see the attached photos if you have a second to spare... Any ideas?
I'm not sure what to think... Gyrfalcon?
Wildlife Field Crew
Arapaho NF, Sulphur RD
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10/15/2008 10:10 david.klute@...,
Wendy R Magwire/R2/USDAFS@FSNOTES,
Stephen B King/R2/USDAFS@FSNOTES
White Raptor Pictures from Rand
Dear David and Kirk,
Kim Fry, of Granby/Golden, sent us these pictures of a white raptor taken a
couple hundred yards north of Rand, CO early in the afternoon on 9/26/2008.
Doreen Sumerlin, USFS Biologist asked me to send these to you for a more
As you can see in the pictures, the raptor has mostly white plumage with a
few dark feathers scattered on head, wing and back. It's talons and nares
are yellow and the eyes seem dark. It is our conclusion that it is not an
albino bird. I noticed also that on the lower edge of the wing line in the
photograph there seem to be a line of black feathers. The bird is perched
in a young aspen tree.
Can you come up with a more positive ID? Kirk has already seen the
I would like to share your findings with Ms. Fry and the wildlife biologist
staff here at the Sulphur Ranger District.
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John K. Simmons
Lead VIS Information Assistant
Sulphur Ranger District