Hello Tweets, Turkey Vulture migration is one of my favorite events in birding, and I've been trying to spend as much time outside in the afternoons as I could this week in hopes of catching some good movement. I have had TUVU's around all week, but they were gorging themselves on salmon along the Snohomish River and I only saw one or two long birds headed south over many hours spent watching. Today I was stuck inside all day doing chores and lamenting not being able to spend a few hours out on the porch. Late in the afternoon, a distant bird caught my eye. When I got my binoculars up I was astounded to see the largest group of Turkey Vultures I've ever seen flying south over Lord Hill Park. I counted at least 44, but I'm not even sure I caught the entire flock. Earlier I had at least 5 feeding by the river, so my total for the day was 49. Not quite the 300 that Phil had, but a new high count on eBird for the county.
The other nice bird for the day was a White-Throated Sparrow underneath my feeders feeding alongside a Golden-Crowned. I had another White-Throated Sparrow on Thursday, but that was a bright white-striped individual and this one was a tan-striped so apparently a different bird. Golden-Crowned and White-Crowned sparrows have been relatively scarce in my yard, but the wooded habitat better fits White-Throated.
Geese came back with a vengeance. I had my first Cackling on 9/19 and the flocks I've seen hanging around are roughly 500 birds. After a big rush of Canada Geese last week, their numbers have thinned a bit. No Snow yet, and I've searched in vain for a Greater White-Fronted.