Gyrfalcon and Turkey Vultures in Thurston Co.

Ruth Sullivan GODWIT at worldnet.att.net
Wed Mar 13 18:11:19 PST 2002


Hello Gary,
Presuming this is the bird Rogewr Orness posted,or is this onother
Gyrfalcon?
You mention we found a Gyrfalcon,instead the bird what Rogers found on 3-12
yesterday.


Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma
----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Wiles <wilesharkey at yahoo.com>
To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 4:25 PM
Subject: Gyrfalcon and Turkey Vultures in Thurston Co.



> Tweeters,

>

> Today, Jason Paulios and I explored the Rochester-Grand Mound area of

> southwestern Thurston County with White-tailed Kites being our target

> bird. Despite having rain showers during much of the morning, we had a

> number of highlights including a Gyrfalcon, Turkey Vultures, and a Rufous

> Hummingbird, as listed below for various locations.

>

> Moon Rd. SW, northwest of Rochester and about 3/4 mile north of U.S. 12

>

> American Kestrel - 1

> Mourning Dove - 7

> Western Scrub-Jay - 2

>

>

> Prather Rd SW, south of Grand Mound and 1.5 miles west of I-5

>

> Turkey Vulture - 5

> American Kestrel - 1

> Violet-green Swallow - 1 or 2 in a flock of 20 Tree Swallows over a farm

> pond

> Western Meadowlarks - about 25 in one flock in a stubble-filled crop field

>

>

> Meadows Rd., 1/4 mile south of Prather Rd SW and about 1/2 mile west of

> Old Highway 99, can be reached via 219th Ave

>

> Gyrfalcon - 1, the bird appeared to be transitioning from a pale gray

> immature to an adult. We watched it for about 30 minutes in the middle of

> a large open field, sitting first on a fence post, then on a powerpole.

> Both perches were about 200 yards south of Meadows Rd., which placed the

> bird just inside the Thurston County line.

>

>

> Goodrich and Wagner Rds, just south of the Thurston-Lewis County boundary

> and west of Old Highway 99. We drove here hoping to get better looks of

> the Gyrfalcon from the Lewis County side of the field, which did not

> happen, however we did find:

>

> White-tailed Kite -1

> Rufous Hummingbird - 1 male at the intersection of Goodrich and Wagner

> Western Scrub-Jay - 1

>

> Gary Wiles

> Tumwater, WA

> wilesharkey at yahoo.com

>

>

>

>

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