I saw this photo in a blog this morning and just wanted to post it. Yesterday a birder from Duluth, MN, Erik Bruhnke, was at a place called Hawk Ridge, where they catch and band migrating raptors. They caught and banded a Gyrfalcon, which is rarely seen in the Lower 48. Most of the time these birds stay in the Arctic tundra or similar habitat. I’ve never seen a Gyrfalcon - they are incredibly powerful, and weigh about double a Peregrine Falcon! This photo, taken by Aldo Raul Contreras Reyes, was taken at the perfect time during the release of the bird.