Turkey vultures Now Black Vultures

Judy Glattstein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 11:08:08 PDT
Here in New Jersey we have black vultures that stay year-round. For a 
bird with such a keen sense of smell, able to detect carrion while 
circling high in the sky, I was surprised to see one dining on a dead 
skunk (that I could detect even with car windows closed.)

Judy in New Jersey where for the second year I am photographing flowers 
around town and making an entry for my web site. So far this year is A) 
behind last year's bloom sequence (due, no doubt, to that heavy February 
snow that took forever to vanish, and assorted cold snaps) and B) far 
more traffic meaning I need to be more careful when leaving car and 
entering roadway on foot.

On 3/27/2021 1:29 PM, Erik Van Lennep via pbs wrote:
> I remember from growing up in Washington DC, the turkey vultures arrived in
> the autumn, and most left again in the spring. I figured they went north.
> Over the winter they hung out at the reservoir (yep, our drinking water),
> which was a holding impoundment between the Potomac river and the water
> treatment plant. There was a glut of eels that came up with the river water
> at the time. Seagulls would scoop them up, but dropped many on the grass,
> and the vultures scarfed them up. An early lesson in systems behavior for
> me.
> erik
> ..................................
> On Sat, 27 Mar 2021 at 18:21, Robert Lauf via pbs <
> pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
>> I assume the vultures are following or anticipating the "road kill"
>> generated as plowing and other ag activities ramp up?  Or do they literally
>> migrate south because all their natural prey in Kansas are hibernating?
>> There is some evidence that they learn to patrol newly-mowed hay fields and
>> other places where small animals have encountered equipment.
>> Bob
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