Two Meter Wing Span

As the temperature beings to rise each spring look up and you may spot a Turkey Vulture soaring overhead.

These birds arrive back in the Columbia Valley in April and leave in September using thermals to move through the air with very little wing flapping. They are rarely seen on the ground except when feeding on a carcass. Vultures are one of the few birds that are able to use their sense of smell to locate food. They fly low enough to detect the gases produced from decaying dead animals.

So if you see a Turkey Vulture soaring over head, don’t lie still too long especially if you haven’t showered lately.

Posted by larryhalverson larryhalverson, November 24, 2019 21:08

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

larryhalverson

Date

September 17, 2012 12:05 PM MDT

Description

Rare to fairly common migrant and local summer visitant across the southern parts of British Columbia

Journal https://inaturalist.ca/journal/larryhalverson/29009-two-meter-wing-span

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