[Tweeters] Turkey Vultures and other migrants

Philip Dickinson 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.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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

> slowly.


> 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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