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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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Only a Mother. . .

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As I said before, only a mother could love the bald head of a vulture. Old World vultures (Nubian, Egyptian, white-backed vultures, among others)  and New World vultures (turkey vultures, black vultures and California condors) are not related, however, both … Continue reading

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Turkey Vulture Return

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Another bird has returned from its wintering grounds – the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura). Although the turkey vulture looks black from a distance, it is actually dark brown with a featherless red head and a pale bill. The undersides of … Continue reading

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