Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Another Escaped Falcon!
This big falcon has been around for a while. A different bird to the one that was around in March, this is a really huge bird, being a lot larger than the local female Peregrine. This morning it was being mobbed by a Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk, and later I saw it chasing a Herring Gull, but didn't see the outcome as it dropped low below the cliff. The back colour is grey, not unlike a Peregrine but may be a bit paler, but it has a pale crown. The size of it makes you thing of Gyr, but I think it is a hybrid, again. Mark Love reported it at South Foreland this evening, and I suspect it's been responsible for a few reports around East Kent.