Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Gyrfalcon - Falco rusticolus
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General Comments The only state record for the Gyrfalcon is of one individual, of the gray morph, observed sitting in a plowed field near Bayboro (Pamlico), on 10 Feb 1992* [Chat 59:69-70 link]. The NC BRC not only accepted the report as to species but also as to wild origin [Chat 58:85-88 link]; however, as no photos were taken, the species was placed on the Provisional List. To put the record in perspective, there are three accepted records of this rare Arctic-nesting raptor for Virginia (Rottenborn and Brinkley 2007).
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Provisional
Coastal Plain One record (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
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Attribution LeGrand[2012-05-20], LeGrand[2011-11-27], LeGrand[2011-07-23]
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