BirdNote: The Majestic Gyrfalcon
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Winter brings wondrous birds. Unrivaled 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.