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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.

ACCEPTANCE

  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.

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  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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April 20, 2010

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Kathy Morris

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

thanks

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.

Anna-Dee

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.

Carla

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!
~Carla

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.

Lana

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

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