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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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April 20, 2010


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Don Squires

We have had a black vulture at on our deck for three weeks now. She wants to be close to us and is very gentle and playful. After three days we started feeding it. We do not know how to tell if it is female or male. It takes off and soars two other birds then comes back.

Kathy Morris

hi.. how do i tell if the vulture chicks in my barn are black or turkey vultures? i live in tennessee


The Zen Birdfeeder

Deb - great sighting. The hissing would've freaked me out, at least momentarily!

Deb Myers

Today I went up into the 2nd floor of a barn. Something was hissing in the dark. I had to get a flashlight to inspect and foud a baby black vulture staring at me. His flight feathers were starting to come in but his body had grey downy feathers on it. Went outside and spotted the parents. This was amazing getting so close to a rapture. I live in Cape May County, NJ

The Zen Birdfeeder

Anna-Dee - that must've been quite a sight! Sounds like Black Vulture behavior coming into your yard.


Today I was rinsing out paint brushes after painting and looked up to notice 3 huge (I think black vultures) taking a drink from my birdbath! They were so hot/thirsty as I am here in Raleigh NC and it's hot today!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Carla - I don't think you can pay a blogger a higher compliment! Thank you so much.


Thank you so much for the mini lesson on vultures. I just love all your posts that teach me little hints that I would not gather on my own. You are a wonderful teacher.
I live in southern Indiana and today I had two male blue buntings in my yard. I was so excited!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - you're right. Thanks for the additional info.
Radd - they sure were interesting to watch! And EVERYWHERE!!!

Radd Icenoggle

Great rundown of Black vs. Turkey Vultures. Can you believe that I miss Black Vultures living here in Montucky.


We have both kinds of vultures in my area, too. Black vultures also flap more often than turkey vultures.

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