[Tweeters] Turkey Vultures and other migrants
pdickins at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 20:24:46 PDT 2016
Our Pilchuck Audubon group trip today saw 5 TVs near Crockett Lake, Island
County, today, then another single at Double Bluff.
On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 4:46 PM, Josh Adams <xjoshx at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Although I was out of town much of the last week I've been able to
> observe nice movements of Turkey Vultures moving through my area
> recently. I figured the movement was mostly over, but this morning I
> was happily surprised to see four birds fighting the wind as they
> headed south. This afternoon I saw my biggest numbers yet as a kettle
> of twenty circled as the wind blew them north. Eventually they reached
> a couple hundred feet in the air and started gliding south painfully
> If anyone wants to add Turkey Vulture to their yard list, late
> September is the time to do it. Even in my often painfully unbirdy old
> Lynnwood home I was able to see groups of multiple TV's last year any
> time I could spend an hour or to outside with good views of the sky at
> mid-day. April can yield results as well, but in my limited experience
> you'll typically get single birds rather than large groups and the
> overall migration is more protracted.
> My other nice surprise this morning were six Violet-Green Swallows
> headed south. I mistakenly thought these might be my last of the year,
> but a few minutes later a large flock appeared feeding over the river.
> Estimating loose swallow flocks is a fools errand, but there were
> obviously well over a hundred birds and perhaps several times that
> many. All appear to be Violet-Green.
> A few minutes ago a Merlin took advantage of the group and soared by
> with a swallow in its talons.
> Josh Adams
> Cathcart, WA
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