Condor sighting in Oregon?


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Paul S

Mountain climber
Portland, Or
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 27, 2013 - 12:05am PT
This could be big news if it's true. I figured I'd post it to see what the taco heads think.

Have at it.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 27, 2013 - 04:12am PT
Would be great, but somewhat unlikely. Maybe a Golden.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 27, 2013 - 05:31am PT


Trad climber
Jun 27, 2013 - 06:34am PT
your gonna be sighting them in british columbia before their nesting in oregon is accepted as fact
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 07:58am PT
That dude should post it on Portland's local Audubon web site. The responses would make ST look civilized.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 08:07am PT
HaHaHa, Timid, you got that right. He'd get something along the lines of:
"Stevie Wonder could identify a Cali Condor!"

The retard obviously does not know that all condors have big-azzed
ugly numbers on their wings.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Jun 27, 2013 - 08:30am PT
There are only a couple of hundred condors in the wild, spread among a few areas. Highly unlikely a condor made it that far north. Not good news if it was a condor, because it reduces the likelihood of wild breeding, which has been relatively unsuccessful to date. They keep pretty close tabs on these birds. In my two trips to Pinnacles I have never seen one, but both times I saw rangers tracking them by radio. I heard condor beeps on the radio, as close as I got to meeeting one.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 27, 2013 - 10:40am PT
Unlikely. The guy seems to be going on size alone, which is not a very reliable criteria, unless you've got something of known size nearby for direct comparison. Both Bald and Golden Eagles are impressively large, dark raptors, and even a Turkey Vulture can look big. Plus no mention of tags, and the fact that all Cali Condors are being tracked better than Al Qaeda. That's going to be a hard sell, as already pointed out by the comments here and on the other blog
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 27, 2013 - 10:43am PT
It may be that a himalayan condor has snuck onto the boat which arrived in port recently to refurbish our ( SOE) Tahoe Lobster supply. They are sneaky like that..

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 27, 2013 - 11:46am PT
I passed it on to my Raptor contact in WDFW and he said while Oregon does have a captive Condor breeding program and has been discussing local releases, none have been done and that it's probably a misidentification.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Send in the wolverines!

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Credit: Willoughby

You never know, certainly possible, but there is nothing about this report to lend any credibility to it.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Baahahaaa LOVE that one Will!

Jun 27, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Latourell Falls is a very popular spot right near the main Gorge road. There would have been 20 - 50 qualified people who would have noted a Condor. I'm with Mouse. Pictures or it didn't happen, every cell phone has one these days.

ps, my brother picked up a Yeti bone in Nepal. Right off the ground.....He says it's from a Yeti anyway.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

My Rooskie buddy Igor Caragodin and a Condor mount.

Trad climber
Fresno, Ca
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Just got back from the Grand Canyon where they have the highest density of condors in the country. Listen to talk (it was for the kids) where it talked about how often Turkey Vultures are most commonly confused as Condors. There are distinct differences such as the white feathers from the axilla down and the flight pattern with the vultures oscillating side to side in a v-pattern and the condor straight and steady. I am guessing most likely a turkey vulture!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Do condors SMELL as bad as Turkey Vultures up close and personal? Ive never had the opportunity to be close to one.

Turkey buzzards WREAK ! Worse than eagles after the salmon runs!

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jun 27, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Turkey vultures are beautiful and ethical creatures.

Never killing. Just waiting for death.

We should encourage sky-burials. More food for Condors.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 27, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
They arent so pretty when they upchuck their previous meal to eat. trrrrust me !

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
I drove down to Morro Bay State Park to meet my family and a bunch of friends for a long weekend camping/eating thing. I got a late start out of Oakley and didn't arrive until about 0230. I found their cluster of campsites found a nice, strangely unoccupied, flat spot, tossed down my pad and ag and crashed. Kind of an odd, eucalyptus stench, but I was beat. All night I kept being pelted by god knows what, but it was darker than hell and I couldn't see sh$t...literally. A t first light I opened my eyes to discover that I was covered in digested road kill, I had camped under the local vulture roost.

You could have heard the screams in SLO.

And yes, I'm now one of the rare people that can identify vultures by the stench of ammonia.
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