Hello everyone! Just thought I'd drop a line back to Wisconsin (just down the road). Yesterday at Hawk Ridge, I got to hold and release a Gyrfalcon, and boy was she huge! In all birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. The girth and density of holding that bird was just, wow... I was crying inside while holding her, and could not believe how strong and pretty she was. Keep an eye out for rarities with this fantastic early-October cold front moving through :) Aside from the rarer Swainson's Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk, we had every regular raptor species at the ridge yesterday, including an osprey that Karl Bardon found towards the end of the day! Here's a link to my Hawk Ridge photos so far. There is a Northern Goshawk photo in there, as well as the photo of a flying Peregrine Falcon carrying/potentially eating a Sharp-shinned Hawk. http://www.pbase.com/birdfedr/hawk_ridge_2009_gallery Also one other little note, I'm going to be counting raptors in Veracruz this spring. I can't wait!!! Hope all of you are doing great! Go Erik Bruhnke Duluth, MN birdfedr@xxxxxxxxx www.pbase.com/birdfedr #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.