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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Common in dry forests of western Kittitas County, with strong concentration at middle elevations near Easton and Cle Elum. Very few Columbia Plateau records, likely representing non-breeders. In King County, absent from developed lowlands and high Cascades but fairly common in rural river valleys and foothills, with greatest densities in Green, White, and Greenwater drainages. Present in forested southwestern Kitsap County but no BBA records from rest of county and few from Island County. BBA observers almost never confirmed breeding for Turkey Vultures due to this species' preference for nesting on remote, inaccessible rocky cliffs.