The "falcon" returned the following morning - and was eating a freakin GULL (of all things) on the NE corner of the nearby building...
I've boiled down the responses I've received from my last post/photos (thanks to everyone who commented)... The summary is "It's a Peregrine, you idiot"...
I can't disagree that I was wrong for barking up the Gyrfalcon tree... It's not right. But I continue to have some issue with the thought that this is a "normal" Peregrine. Seeing it the following morning, I still didn't look and think "Peregrine"... While everyone makes mistakes, I do like to think I'm pretty good with Peregrines - and given that this is my ~65th Peregrine sighting since moving to the condo in late 2012...
Anyways, here's the new series of photos from day 2 (haven't seen it since)..
It's really big
It's an odd gray/brown colour
the breast/belly streaking is odd
the helmet pattern is mostly "moustache stripes"
has odd pale markings on the top of its head
wings seem abnormally long and thin (??)
I pulled out a few more images from day 1 (cell phone + scope) - but they don't add a whole lot:
So in the end, I am horribly outnumbered in the "not a normal Peregrine camp" - so i'll probably just let this one fade away... Just one last time (unless it returns) I'll say "No - not a Gyrfalcon, but maybe not a "normal" Peregrine?"
As always, comments appreciated. Be sure to watch this video on full screen/youtube for a better impression of how it looked. (Same video as the top).