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BirdNote: The Majestic Gyrfalcon

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George Vlahakis
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Winter brings wondrous birds. Unrivalled among these is the majestic Gyrfalcon, a regal visitor from the Arctic where it nests.

"Gyrs" are among the largest falcons in the world, with the female - the larger of the sexes - outranking even a Red-tailed Hawk in size.

With a name that derives from an Old Norse word for "spear," the Gyrfalcon was a medieval falconer's prize, reserved for royalty.  

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