Date: 2/5/18 11:06 am
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Turkey Vultures - seasonal or not?
Turkey Vultures are complex and there seems to be radical differences
between populations.

There is a Turkey Vulture migration festival in the Kern Valley of
California when thousands go by:

Here is a Youtube clip of TV's migrating through Costa Rica:

Yet they are quite numerous along coastal California all winter.

Here is a range map:
They are resident clear down to Tierra del Fuego

I wonder if during the last glacial retreat vultures pioneered north as
the ice melted, and  if those birds and their descendants retained their
migratory urge. Like Yellow Warblers.

And I wonder if birds along the more moderate Pacific Coast are
subsequent arrivals that dispersed north from Latin America and are more
sedentary in nature.

They'd make a great subject for a genetic study.

   Rusty Scalf

> I have been seeing Turkey Vultures all winter in various locations west of Eugene.
> I suspect that they might all be part of the group that roosts near Veneta.
> It has seemed that I have been seeing them more often than usual this winter.
> Today I visited Christensen Road, south of the east side of Eugene.
> One Turkey Vulture soared over the hills from the south, headed north/northeast.
> There is a group of vultures that uses this area in the “warm season,” so I suspect that this vulture is a local rather than a visitor from Veneta. Or, it could have been an early migrant headed further north. With no data from November through January, I can’t say whether this bird overwintered or is an early arrival, but it seems that the situation should be monitored to see whether vultures’ seasonal behavior is in the process of changing.
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