BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
Turkey Vultures are scavengers, using their highly sensitive olfactory system to find carrion, even under a thick forest canopy. This species is widespread, found throughout North America and south to Tierra del Fuego. Look for dihedral ("V") wing pattern in flight, and pale gray primaries and secondaries. Turkey Vultures migrate south to Central and South America.
Birding Site of the Week
Fort Simcoe is an interesting place to visit -- for the birds and the history. The Garry Oaks that surround the restored buildings of the fort attract many species of birds year-round, including a large number of Lewis's Woodpeckers in winter. Check the agricultural fields on the way to Fort Simcoe (and nearby Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge) for scurrying Gray Partridges.