Many thanks to Neil Roberts for sending me his shots of the Gyr out on the mosses near Altcar this afternoon so quickly.
The bird has been seen once or twice on Plex Moss too over the past week, and has no jesses or sat nav attached.
As Neil rightly points out, it appears to be a Gyr Falcon, and just pale enough (given the lousy light today) to be a Greenlander.
Neil explains: "Hi John, I think its a pure bred Gyr what do you think?
I have no idea if it's a wild bird or not but no jesses hanging down or sat nav attached.
"The flight shots are very poor but look at the bulk in the last shot.
"It wasn't around for long when I first saw it and last seen heading south towards Engine Lane, Altcar."
Given the conditions, I think Neil's (copyrighted) shots are pretty darn good.
Never know for sure if it's a wild bird or an escape, unless there's a falconer out there who keeps untagged Gyrs and knows otherwise?
Just hope it sticks around for awhile to give the mosses that extra buzz this winter.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...