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Gyrfalcon

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2005: George Vlahakis
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http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/232/2012/12/2012-12-29-GYRF-01b.mp3

Winter brings wondrous birds. 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 medieva lfalconer's prize, reserved for royalty.