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April 20, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Necywms, Turkey Vultures do migrate. Depending on where you live, they still might be moving through. They don't go too far south.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Liz, they must be beautiful. Feel free to share them if you'd like!


I saw a huge turkey vulture today feasting on some road kill. I thought they migrate south this late in the year. It's October 22.

liz lutz

I am an artist and have been attracted to turkey vultures seriously only recently. They make great subjects for the artist. One I did is of a regal male, a more submissive female and a flying friend. These three were pictured looking in different diections. The red heads and black winged bodies are smashing! Three vultures in the distance are sitting quietly. One is flying inthe distance. I can send the pics to you as an attachment if you would like....

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ron, vultures primarily feed on carrion but infrequently take small mammals. In eating carrion, vultures play an important role in our environment, helping clean up roadkill and reduce disease. If you fear they are stalking your cat, best to move her (and maybe KEEP her) indoors. Better for her and for all wildlife!

Ron Lane

I live in orange co. N.Y, and for about month now I have been getting frequent visits from 12 black vultures. Every morning. I do not have any food or garbage around, just a family cat that stays on my deck. Question, how can I get rid of these peaty crapping birds, and will they harm my cat?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Don, it was in Texas that I first saw Black Vultures. I'd love to see more regularly! Thanks for sharing your sighting.

Don Sparks

I spotted a fairly large flock of Black Vultures (10-15) soaring around my neighborhood in Katy Texas on 8/19/15. They are really fun to watch.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi Sharon, thanks for the report of Black Vultures in Pennsylvania. Black Vultures are expanding their range northward, and you obviously benefited from that expansion. There are occasional reports now even in upstate New York!
Thanks again for stopping in and visit again soon, okay?

The Zen Birdfeeder

According to the Cornell All About Birds site, even though Black Vultures primarily feed on carrion, they have been known to kill some small mammals, fish, turtle hatchlings, and smaller livestock. Read more at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/black_vulture/lifehistory

Sharon Sexton

I live in north central Maryland, about 20 miles south of Gettysburg, PA and I had 2 black vultures (which I've never seen in my 50 years of life) land in my pine tree about 10' away from me!
I was able to get several close up pics of them. Then a few weeks later they were back and were soaring low with turkey vultures. I have a really good picture of the black and turkey vulture together.
Really nice blog!


Will black vultures attack living animals? I have read that they do, like newborn calves or other farm animals, what about domestic cats?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Elisa, so tell me: what it a Black Vulture???

The Zen Birdfeeder

WOW! Great story Jonnie! I'd love to see that picture. Thanks for sharing this amazing observation.


oh my gad i saw a huge bird bigger than me almost it flew away and it was so wierd now it is sitting on my roof


Great Siting near downtown Fort Worth, TX.
Watering plants in front yard and he stumbled up the front walk steps and visited me at the front porch. I was surprised at his boldness. He even allowed me to go inside and get my phone for a photo shoot.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Andy, good sighting of a Black Vulture in NJ. I believe they are expanding their range northward and may become a little more common. Thanks for sharing.


I saw a black vulture this morning 5/18/2015 on a lawn 3 feet from the road on Turtle Drive in Morristown NJ

The Zen Birdfeeder

Donna, first let me point out that it is illegal to remove eggs of native birds. Besides being illegal, it is modelling an improper behavior to students.
Black Vultures lay their eggs on the ground, so the disappearance of the other eggs could be predators, or perhaps they've been removed following your lead.
I guess I am a little disappointed to read your statement, "The students have gotten used to seeing them and are not interested in them anymore." Having birds nearby is an never ending learning opportunity which teachers could take advantage of. Perhaps search the internet for a curriculum on birds in general, on scavengers, on how nesting behaviors differ from bird to bird, the list goes on! You can start looking with Cornell's Bird Sleuth program at http://www.birdsleuth.org/ but I'm sure there are many lesson plans out there that focus on the birds.

Donna Sanford

We have had a pair of (I think) black vultures appear in our atrium at school. She laid one egg and we took it away so she would not stay, but, the next day, she laid another one. This egg was about three days old when it disappeared on its own. She, then laid another one and it too has disappeared as of today. The pair did not return today, but she may not return to lay any more eggs since she has laid three already. . My question is, do you think she and her mate will continue to come back even though the eggs keep disappearing? The students have gotten used to seeing them and are not interested in them anymore.

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.

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