IMG_0999A couple of summers ago while on a nature walk during our vacation in Wellfleet, MA (the beautiful Cape Cod harbor town) my friend Lynda and I spotted what we thought were a few hawks soaring over the landscape. We thought it was a very cool sight and their wingspans and aerial maneuvers were impressive.

We eventually stumbled upon a group of birdwatchers and before we could say anything about the hawks we saw they volunteered that what we actually saw was a group of turkey vultures. Turkey vultures? Yeah, a large bird that looks like a turkey and acts like a vulture.

On further inspection and research, I found that although impressive in the air (they really do look like hawks or eagles) they are quite homely when perched.

Anyway, all of this is to say that recently a turkey vulture came and sat on the ledge outside of my office. I was startled at first but quickly grabbed my camera. The bird looked at me and was more curious than spooked. He watched me for a while and then flew away, did some fancy flying and came right back to the same spot on my ledge.

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About Turkey Vultures from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “If you’ve gone looking for raptors on a clear day, your heart has probably leaped at the sight of a large, soaring bird in the distance– perhaps an eagle or osprey. But if it’s soaring with its wings raised in a V and making wobbly circles, it’s likely a Turkey Vulture. These birds ride thermals in the sky and use their keen sense of smell to find fresh carcasses. They are a consummate scavenger, cleaning up the countryside one bite of their sharply hooked bill at a time, and never mussing a feather on their bald heads.”

See more about turkey vultures from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology here.

Find all the great resources about birds from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology here.