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Meal Time

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Over the years I posted several articles on turkey vultures. (including “Turkey Vulture” on 12-19-2011) I recently took some interesting turkey vulture pictures and decided to share them too. Leonard noticed a dead ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) in one of … Continue reading

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Acute Sense of Smell

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Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are often seen gliding or soaring in the air or devouring carrion in farm fields, pastures, meadows and along roads. Rarely do they come into yards or around houses unless there is something dead nearby. Turkey … Continue reading

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Another Early Arrival

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I recently mentioned two avian species that returned to our area this year much earlier than usual (red-winged blackbird 01-20-2017 and juvenile barn swallow 02-03-2017).  Leonard and I spotted another “early bird”, a single turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), on January … Continue reading

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Black Vulture

Black vultures (Corogyps atratus) lack voice boxes, limiting their vocalizations to hisses and grunts. This black vulture in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge southwest of Tucson AZ hissed with such vigor I was uncertain whether I wanted to approach. However, … Continue reading

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Spread Wings

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A friend called the other day on her cell phone. She just passed a bald eagle sitting on a pole with its wings spread out. It never closed its wings and she wanted to know why it was sitting that … Continue reading

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