Life in Christian County, Kentucky... More About Birds and Animals...
A group of about ten turkey buzzards was resting in these trees near a little stream, but when they saw me, all except these two flew away.
I had never really thought of buzzards flying south in flocks, but we've been seeing them in large groups lately. When we drove over to Harvest Praise through the hills and trees, we saw a flock of about 20 turkey buzzards resting on one of the big metal towers that carries major electrical cables. Dennis and I agreed that we'd never before seen that many buzzards hanging out together.
I did a brief bit of research tonight to see if they migrate in flocks, and while I didn't find anything that clearly states their migratory practices, I did find some references to flocks of migrating turkey vultures flying over. For example, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Weekender Report for October 18-31, 2006, states the following:
Meanwhile, Diann MacRae of the Olympic Vulture Study, continues to receive reports of turkey vultures coming through on their fall migration southward. Groups of the birds reported seen around the area during September included the following: 30 between Rochester and Elma; 20 spiraling over the Elwa River; 7 at Bottle Beach; 5 at Brady Loop; 32 near Tenino; 36 on the Enumclaw plateau; 7 over Olympia; 22 over the Tahuya area; 16 over Eatonville; 7 soaring over Tokeville; and 6 at the Port Angeles Airport.
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John Jacob Audubon
Buzzards Along The Road
Uniting organisations to save vultures
Buzzards Resting in the Trees