[Tweeters] Aug.2008 turkey vulture report

Diann MacRae tvulture at vei.net
Mon Sep 1 15:56:36 PDT 2008


Hi, Tweets

Turkey vultures are on the move, slowly right
now, but through the month, there should be some
large counts­even over Seattle. Don't forget to
look up! Here is the report for August 2008 from
Washington and British Columbia.

02 – 2 in Surrey, B.C.
03 – 2 at Potter Slough; ? at Neck Point Park in
Nanaimo, B.C.; 1 near Snoqualmie Falls
04 – 1 raiding a garbage can in Marysville
06 – 1 west of Cle Elum
07 – 1 over Cyber Lake; 7-11 Aug, 1 every day near Roy
08 – 2 near Maupin Road, Fir Island
09 – 1 at Buckley
10 – ? at Englishman River Estuary, B.C.; ? at River “S” Unit, Ridgefield NWR
11 – 1 poking in the dirt near Stanwood
12 – 2 east of Roy with a congress of 38 ravens;
1 at Deception Pass State Park; 7 at Pitt Meadows, B.C.
14 – 1 at the Green River Bridge
15 – 15 above North Bend; 1 imm perched on a
telephone pole at the Humptulips River Bridge; 3
(1 imm) circling over the Menlo area
16 – 3 in Packwood; 1 in Glenoma; 3 soaring over
south Cle Elum ridge; 7 near Surrey
17 – ? at French Creek; 3 on the border of the
Wenaha Tucannon Wilderness; 1 adult soaring over
McCormick Park, Duvall; 40-50 on both sides of the freeway near Easton
18 – 2 feeding on the ground, 1 overhead near Raymond; 4 near Cle Elum
19 – 4 soaring near Libert Lake CP; “large
numbers” flying from Port Renfrew to Sooke
20 – 1 near Lyman; 5 along Cape LaBelle Creek
21 – 1 south of Carnation; ? at the Mint Farm
Mitigation Ponds, Longview; 20 between Twisp and
Winthrop; 2 at Mazama; 1 circling near Glacier Heritage
22 – 1 in a Buckley backyard sitting in a tree;
for two weeks, 2-8 everyday on Samuel Island,
B.C.; 1 soaring over the Bow Hill rest area
23 – 9 or 10 in a kettle east of Preston; “many” over Sooke, B.C.
24 – 25 at Block House Road; 3 at Grave Yard
Spit; 2 at Mt.Pleasant, Skamania County; 1 north of Enumclaw
25 – 3 near Easton; 1 soaring over a road-killed chicken in Burlington
26 – 11 circling a cow pasture in Montesano
29 – 1 near Lake Sammamish; 6 west of Cle Elum
30 – 2 soaring near Sumas
31 – 8 roosting in a tree east of Littlerock; 2
at Tokeland; 1 at Westport; 6 at Bishop Athletic
Park; 10 at the White Salmon River; 5 at Bingen;
6 at the mouth of the Klickitat River; 2-3 at
Jackson Beach, 3 at Cattle Point, at least 10
soaring at South Beach, and 1 between English
Camp and Friday Harbor – all on San Juan Island

As always, a “?” means no number was given; on
the other hand the two mentions of “large
numbers” and “many” near Sooke, B.C. refer to
hundreds of birds. They fly in huge numbers back
and forth along Vancouver Island’s west coast
until just the right moment to take off and cross
the strait. It’s quite a sight! And even more
impressive to watch them come in to the Washington coast at Salt Creek .

Cheers, Diann


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