One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Now that most of the leaves are off the trees, we’re seeing more birds.

Mystery #143

Have a guess what these fellows are?

Check back with you later!

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Sorry for the delay, folks, these short days really go by quickly!

Black Vulture

As one of our readers guessed, these are vultures–Black Vultures.

Like the Turkey Vulture, these birds have a featherless head…but the skin on it is black instead of red, an easy way to tell the two apart. Both  species feed on carrion–that’s dead animal bodies–so a head with no feathers is easier to keep clean than a feathered head.

We squirrels have heard that the Black Vulture has a poor sense of smell, so can’t find those rotting bodies as easily as the Turkey Vultures can. So the Black Vultures are often seen following Turkey Vultures around in hopes of getting an easy meal.

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2 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. Awesome! We are lucky to have hundreds and hundreds of turkey vultures from early March to late November, apparently on a major flight path. 🙂 I already miss their boiling “kettles” as their circling flights are called.

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