[CT Birds] Black Vulture Today

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Thu Sep 26 06:33:25 EDT 2013

That sounds good for Black Vulture.  Turkey Vultures are very shy and I rarely find them along a roadside on roadkill.  Even when Turkey Vultures outnumber Black Vultures by many to one I have found Black to be the one on roadkill.

As a side note, while Turkey Vultures have a phenomenal sense of smell, which they use to find their food, nothing I have read says they share this trait with Black Vultures.  I think they are more visual, which of course can include keeping an eye on and following Turkey Vultures!

Good birding!

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

----- Original Message -----
From: Katherine Kuckens <katkuckens at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:22 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Black Vulture Today

My first black vulture.  Commuting home on Rte 6 near Bolton, about 5:30, I
saw a large dark bird standing at the side of the road, talons holding
something.  Once I was closer, I could see it was a vulture with a
squirrel, probably road kill.  The vulture was very glossy black and bulky.
I can not say with 100% accuracy that I detected the white or grayish
head, but I did notice there was no red on its head or neck.  And I did see
the gray legs.  I know there have been many black vultures reported
recently.  I wonder if this one was migrating, sniffed out the dead
squirrel, and swooped in for some fast food dinner.

Katherine Kuckens

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