[Tweeters] March 2013 Turkey Vulture report

Diann MacRae tvulture at gmx.com
Mon Apr 1 17:33:54 PDT 2013


Hi, Tweets
Turkey Vultures are fast returning to the Pacific Northwest from their wintering grounds. Thanks to all for the great early sightings of this outstanding raptor. Following are the reports from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia for March 2013 (plus a few extras):
05 – 25+ circling near the Diamond Lake Hwy, Oregon; a “large kettle” seen in the Cascades east of Roseburg, Oregon
07 – 2 over George’s Corner, North Kitsap County
08 – 1 over the Skagit Game Range on an early sunny day; 1 seen in western Skamania County
09 – 1 at Brady Loop
10 – 1 soaring over the talus slopes at Dog Creek, Skamania County; 9 on the Harrisburg-Coburg, Oregon raptor count
11 – “TUVUs” near Eugene, Oregon
12 – 1 at Fisher Rock Quarry, west of Camas and 2 over Camas; 2 gliding over Goose Hollow in Portland; 1 east of Tenino; 13 battling a strong headwind west along the bluff of Juan de Fuca Strait
13 – 1 at Coulee city; 3 at the sewer ponds, Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon; 2 riding the ridge at Camas
14 – 1 at Copalis Beach
15 – 1 circling over Dallas in the wind; 2 drifted past the Milwaukie/Gladstone area, Oregon; 1 flying by the freeway in Millersburg, Linn County, Oregon;
16 – 1 over the parking lot near the 212th Pond
17 – 1 circling at MP26/I-5; 2 flying north at MP85/I-5
18 – 2 drifting northward over Vashon Island; 1 between Ogden/Salt Lake City; 3 soaring over the hills of Kalama
19 – 28 over the Salton Sea
20 – 2 buffeted north along the Swinomish Channel; 2 over Big Morongo Preserve
21 – 3 over Anza Borrego
22 – 4 soaring over Scappoose, Oregon 3; kettles of 75 loosely allied birds over Big Morongo Preserve
23 – 1 sailing north over Goose Hollow; 4 heading north over the Tualatin River NWR, Oregon; 1 soaring over Willamette Falls, Oreon; 1 over Springfield, Oregon
24 – 1 over Yakima heading west; 28 on the 4th Applegate/Williams, Oregon, raptor survey; 2 over Chehalis at I-5
28 – 4 circling over the Yakima airport; 2 heading west over Littlerock
29 – 1 just north of Ocean Shores; 3 circling over northwest Portland; 3 roosting in trees near Delta Ponds, Oregon
30 – 1 near Larch Mountain, Oregon; 1 over Camas; 2 wheeling over Portland’s Pearl District; 2 soaring over Steamboat Island
31—1 at Theler; 2 over Bellingham heading north
Many more are coming so look up occasionally! Thanks again for the reports.
Cheers, Diann


Diann MacRae
Olympic Vulture Study
22622 - 53rd Avenue S.E.
Bothell, WA 98021
tvulture at gmx.com


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