Probable Gyrfalcon x Saker in Toronto

Jean Iron jeaniron at
Tue Jan 20 22:14:36 EST 2004

Dear Ontbirders,

We thank the many experts who commented on the origin and identity of the 
mystery falcon in Toronto.

Origin: Most said it was an escaped falconer's bird because of its leg 
band, extreme tameness, and apparent hybrid appearance.

Identification: Many thought that it was a probable hybrid Gyrfalcon x 
Saker Falcon. We may do a detailed analysis next week.

If you haven't seen the four photos of this falcon, please see then on 
Jean's website via her signature below.

Next I'll send an e-mail discussing the Toronto falcon that was posted on 
the listserve ID-Frontiers.

Happy birding,

Ron Pittaway and Jean Iron

Jean Iron
9 Lichen Place
Toronto ON  M3A 1X3

Jean Iron <jeaniron at>

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