Turkey Vulture

November 2, 2017

Although we have never seen one in the garden itself, Turkey Vultures are seen often soaring above the GNG.  Easily identified by their characteristic wobbly, unsteady flight (when they have empty stomachs), Turkey Vultures ride thermals to conserve energy, usually while in the pursuit of its next meal. Living on purely a carrion diet, they are one of our only birds with a well-developed sense of smell and are able to follow the scent of a fresh carcass miles away.

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura

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