And Black Vultures

The second part of a 2-part blog.

Buffy and I started back the way we came along the bluff. The black vultures were still on the ledge, and they didn’t seem concerned by my presence. I wore a camouflaged coat and drab pants.

We have both black and turkey vultures in southern Illinois. Turkey vultures are the most common. They both spend the winter not far south from here, and both began returning early because of our exceptionally mild winter.

I knew these were black vultures because of their black head. Turkey vultures have a red head, except for the immatures which have a blackish head.

Black vultures have a 23-27 inch wingspan, a white patch underneath near the wing tips, and a short square tail. They lay 2 eggs in tree cavities or shallow caves.

Turkey vultures have a 26-32 inch wing span, and their tail is longer and narrow. They’re black overall except for gray on the underside of their flight feathers. Their 2 eggs are laid in old barns, hollow stumps or logs, and rock crevices.

I had never been that close to a vulture before! A barred owl hooted its “who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all” call 4 times as I took a few more pictures

A great hike just got even better!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Only you could make a vulture look regal!

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  2. Posted by Anna on March 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I did not know all that info about vultures! B)

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