Blue Bird of Happiness – Not

Turkey Vulture High on Blue Sky

At first I thought hawk but then looking more closely at the zoomed in photo I’m thinking this is a turkey vulture

And another angle…

It was soaring upwards on the thermal above our butcher shop and then rode up the mountain over our fields not bothering to flap.

Outdoors: 64°F/34°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/64°F

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5 Responses to Blue Bird of Happiness – Not

  1. Someone wrote to me: Turkey vultures when in flight the wings are in a slanted v whereas eagles are flat and crows flap. Once you recognize the patterns it’s easy. Black vultures more of a southern species and I saw them for the first time here last year have shorter wings with lighter feathers underneath,flap more & dominate a carcass plus they can attack newborn animals.

    We just had one (same one?) soaring above us as we were sitting at the cottage enjoying the sun after lunch. It soared for about 10 minutes without a wing flap, rising on the air currents above the butcher shop. Then it slid across the valley to the east and over the mountain.

  2. Peter says:

    Hmm interesting. I have been seeing the occasional buzzard or turkey vulture around these parts too (suburban Maryland outside of DC) — mainly on the side of road having fresh road-kill-deer for lunch. Wondering now if the birds I see flying around are them also — maybe I will have to carry my digital camera around now to get that fleeting picture. (I will note though that red-tail hawks are a known presence here, and the DC area especially around the Potomac is a hotbed of eagle and osprey activity).

  3. cnybeth says:

    I am near Syracuse, NY. We have birds like that all the time and they are turkey vultures. Sometimes they will have red necks just behind their beaks and heads. I can’t tell if yours does or not. Soaring birds are fun to watch!

  4. Patrick says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I don’t think it’s a Turkey Vulture. We got them in spades down here. I once had about 20 standing on the lawn in front of my house. Given their nature for dead things, it gave me the creeps. Especially since there was nothing dead in the area. Yet.

    Gulp. I think they were just resting. They lazily flew off when I went out. Still get lots of them around the manor house here, but nothing like that Hitchcock episode.

    Could be a brown eagle. We get those from time to time, and I had bald eagles over my wedding a few years back. Seems one of our photographers thought photo’ing them was more interesting than the job he was hired for. Halfway through the ceremony: bald eagles. Glad the guy’s wife picked up the slack. But that’s what you get when the wedding photographers are actually full-time AP photographers who are moonlighting for a few bucks. Lesson learned.

  5. Belseth says:

    I’ve seen Turkey Vultures in Maine around your latitude. I was surprised they came that far north. We have a lot of Bald Eagles so it’s hard to tell the difference when they are flying high. Wing shape is the only obvious difference. The tip feathers are the dead give away.

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