I Miss Turkey Vultures
and bluebirds. The birds I can see around New York City are great but it’s a real bummer that those birds are virtually not findable in New York City. And Pileated Woodpeckers? The closest I’ll ever come to a Lord God Bird aren’t available to the avid birder in New York City either. Where am I supposed to find a Ruffed Grouse? Not in Manhattan, that’s for sure!
But for some reason, it is the Turkey Vultures I miss the most. Sure they eat carrion, look vile, and lack feathers on their heads, but watching Turkey Vultures soar overhead in a flock is a sight worth seeing, especially when one does not have them in the neighborhood.
So the next time you see a flock of Turkey Vultures, or any other “everyday” bird and don’t give it a second thought (or look) remember that someone, somewhere, has never seen one or isn’t seeing one right now, and would desperately love to see the bird you are ignoring (except House Sparrows and Pigeons: you can ignore them all you want). And don’t forget that no matter how common a bird is now, you would really miss it if it wasn’t around…