OK, this post will be filled with lots of capitalized words and exclamation points.
Short version of a very long story is this: I'm not lucky when it comes to getting out for rare bird sightings, much less finding them. This bird was reported wednesday. Its now saturday and I FOUND IT!!!!!!!11 The lighting was tough, partly cloudy sky, very flat with harsh afternoon light. So the photos arent the best, but im very excited about them.
After finding the bird WAY out in the lake, I flagged another birder who was looking for it, at which point we teamed up and ended getting some awesome viewing time with this bird and it flew over me 3 times!!!!!! For those that dont know, these are an Arctic predator, all 3 species will come through this area but rarely are they actually observed, much less hang out for 4 days. So before I continue to blabber more, enjoy one of my first "lifer" species!!