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April 20, 2010


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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.


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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