Turkey vultures

Erik Van Lennep via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 10:29:42 PDT
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



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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