September 2001 turkey vulture report - looooong

Diann MacRae tvulture at
Wed Oct 3 11:02:16 PDT 2001

Hi, Tweets

Here is the September turkey vulture report - including lots of neat flocks 
here and there across the area. These guys don't quit until mid-October, so 
don't stop looking up!

Turkey vultures reported from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and for 
this month, Idaho, too, for September 2001:

01 -- 2 at Mt. Young, above Garrison Bay on San Juan Island; 9 in Grays 
Harbor County, mile posts 11-15; 1 at Duck Lake Drive, Ocean Shores; 3 near 
Rialto Beach in the early evening; 11 soaring over the May Valley side of 
Cougar Mountain
02 -- 1 at the Smokey Point exit, Marysville; 17 in two loose groups near 
Snug Harbor, San Juan Island; 14 over Harrison Flats in northern Idaho; 1 
over Pt. Lawrence on Orcas Island
03 -- 1 at Jensen's Access; 15-20 at a dead Black Angus carcass near the 
Julia Hansen NWR - most were adults with a few juveniles; ca. 6 elsewhere 
on Puget Island; 1 soaring over Railroad Bridge Park; 18 circling high over 
fields near Chimacum
05 -- 1 in eastern Yakima County
06 -- 1 over Fir Island, Skagit County; 1 soaring over fields east of 
Stanwood; 11 over Pumphouse Road (Sunnyside?); 4 northwest of Boston Bar, B.C.
07 -- 1 over the Satus WRA; 1 at Gibsons, B.C. (also there on the 5th/6th); 
4 along Hwy 12 (2 in Lewis County/2 in Grays Harbor County)
08 -- 1 over a train at North Bend, B.C.; 1 west of Elma; "a few" at 
Ridgefield NWR; 5 near North Bend; 5 west of Cle Elum; 2 soaring low and 
south over Alice Bay
09 -- 27 kettling over Toppenish NWR plus 5 on the ground; 5 ten miles east 
of Snoqualmie Pass;
3 at Nisqually NWR; 1 at Johnson Ridge Observatory, Mt. St. Helens; 1 along 
the Toutle River; 8 at Mayer SP, Oregon; 2 at Madras, Oregon; 1 at Pilot 
Rock, Oregon; 1 over Winthrop; 2 southeast of Blanchard; 4 north of Boston 
Bar, B.C.
10 -- 10 over Cattle Point on San Juan Island for a week or so; 6+ around 
Mt. Young; 6+ soaring over San Juan Valley near Valley Farms Road (most 
have been around all summer); 3 north of Boston Bar, B.C.
11 -- 5 at Malheur NWR, Oregon
12 -- 3 at P Ranch, Oregon
13 -- 1 at Wright's Point, Oregon
14 -- 1 flying over the treetops near Glacial Heritage; 3 along Hwy 12 
(Lewis County); 1 at Ukiah-Dale campground, Oregon; 1 over the Microsoft 
campus in Bellevue
15 -- 1 at Hoquiam STP; 4 at Tokeland; 1 at Brady Loop Road; 1 near 
Montesano; 1 east of Montesano; 6 overhead at Blaine headed south
16 -- 11 over open fields of Brady Loop Road ; "3 or 4" at Timberwolf 
Mountain; "turkey vultures were conspicuous migrants during the week" 
through Oregon; 15 feeding on a deer carcass on the bank of the Fraser 
River near Hope, B.C.; 6 sitting on the shore of Matsqui Island picking 
over a dead salmon; 8 on Crescent Island working on a large salmon carcass
17 -- 1 at the Astoria Airport wetland
18 -- 1 over I-90 northwest of Sprague; 1 soaring near Fourth of July Pass, 
east of Coeru d'Alene, Idaho; 1 soaring over the lower Elwha
19 -- 1 soaring north of Bonner's Ferry, Idaho; 1 soaring very high over 
Discovery Bay
21 - 4 over the Chinook Valley, Pacific County; 6 near the Duke Point ferry 
terminal, Nanaimo, B.C., appeared to be south bound (waiting for the 
ferry?); 2 over Marymoor Park; 7 between Princeton and Headly
22 -- 1 over Maple Ridge, B.C.; 14 just north of Stanwood; 1 at Slate Peak 
(!!); 1 at Elgin Heritage Park in Surrey, B.C.; 1 near the Satsop nuclear 
plant; 1 west of Crocker Lake; 1 near Mount Vernon; about the last date 
seen for the group seen all summer in Lantzville, B.C.; 1 east of Oliver
23 -- 9 riding thermals over the UW then heading south, single file; 1 at 
Willband Creek Park, B.C.; 3 along Angus Campbell Road, B.C.; 1 at Baldy 
Pass, Okanogan County; 1 soaring west of Cle Elum; 1 seen over Hungry 
Junction Road, Ellensburg; 20 soaring/floating south over Reecer Canyon
24 -- 8 over South Surrey; 11 circling over a field northwest of Mabton; 1 
at Quilcene; 1 at Lords Lake northwest of Quilcene
25 -- 5 (appeared to be 2 adults/3 immatures) lifted out of the forest on 
top of Perego's Bluff flying to a thermal over Ebey's Prairie, then 
east-southeast; 2 in Gardner, Jefferson County
26 -- 1 at Cameron Lake Road, Okanogan County; 2 at 2910 Kulm, ? (east of 
the mountains); 3 over Everson city park; 1 in the Port Kells/Langley area, 
B.C.; 10 over a backyard (not sure where); 2 in Yakima County: Plank Road 
near Hwy 22 and over Hwy 22
27 -- 3 over the Brady Loop Road; 6-7 at Lilly Point Reef, Point Roberts; 1 
over North Seattle heading south; 7 in a tight thermal over the UW; 12 
heading south over the south slope of Cougar Mountain in Bellevue; 6 
downriver from Snohomish, possibly 3 more in a tree
28 -- 13 drifting south east of Woodinville, in and out of fog; 13 kettling 
above Lacey; 9 emerged from a kennel and glided south, north of Stanwood; 
80 circling over Crofton, Vancouver Island, B.C. then drifting south; 30 at 
Brinnon, possibly using the Dosewallips (and other river mouths) as a 
roosting area; 6 soaring over the Arlington Airport; 13 circling over the 
Snoqualmie Valley, flew to ca. 1,000 feet, then glided southward; 30 doing 
slow circles near the state capitol; 1 near Tokeland; 15 at the south end 
of Lopez Island; 5 at San Juan Island
29 -- 42 crossing the reach (?) in a long line flying down the shore of 
Drayton Passage; 1 over Buckley; 35 near Lilly Point Reef feeding on or 
around a seal carcass; 2 over Easton; 1 east of Easton; 1 near Cle Elum
30 -- 6 with a Cooper's hawk flying south over Jetty Island; 4 over Federal 
Way; 10 over Juanita circling, then drifting eastward; 1 just west of 
Ritzville; 3 at the mouth of Hunter Creek in Hope, B.C.; 7 east of Sultan; 
7 over Surrey, B.C.; 1 at 15th & Vine in Vancouver, B.C.; 62 overhead at 
Point Roberts; 3 (possibly more) north of Allyn, Mason County; 4 near 
Squamish Harbor on Hood Canal, stopped in a tree for ca. 15 minutes, then 
headed south

A good showing for the month, and many thanks to all who spotted migrating 
flocks. It was painful not to be at Salt Creek this year, but the birds are 
still coming. One small flock of 22 near Salt Creek already this month. You 
will note that whether crossing the strait, as our records over nine years 
indicate, or flying far inland, this last week in September is prime time. 
Early October should be good, too.

Cheers, Diann
Diann MacRae
Olympic Vulture Study
22622 - 53rd Avenue S.E.
Bothell, WA  98021
mailto: tvulture at

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