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Tagged Turkey Vulture

BC (or Butch Cassidy as I like to call him) is back again this summer.

turkey vulture
Tagged Turkey Vulture

We first saw Butch in June last year.  We’re sure he was here earlier this summer but we couldn’t confirm his tag until he landed in the farmer’s freshly mown field.  We could see a vulture in flight with a red tag but I couldn’t see the tag letters.  He hatched in 2011, tagged in 2012 and this is the 2nd summer we’ve seen Butch.  We reported the sighting to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory to help them track the vultures for their research.

This video shows a turkey vulture that finds a dead mouse and Butch is at the end.

Bird Banding

I was given this website for reporting the tagged vulture, or any bird and any kind of tag or band: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/

Turkey Vulture - wing tag BC
Turkey Vulture Meeting

I reported the sighting of this turkey vulture and found out it hatched in 2011 and was tagged on June 6, 2012, on the south Washington coast: Tagging Location

So this one hasn’t gone too far.  Google Maps doesn’t have an as-the-crow-flies feature.  But, as-the-person-drives, the vulture is now 220 miles south of where it was tagged a year ago.