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…
And cardinals, and ANY kind of woodpecker, and goldfinches… I hear you!
Come to Connecticut! At Earthplace, a nature center in Westport, there are some vultures who hang out with the resident (injured) vultures who live in enclosures. The visiting vultures sit on top of the cages. I should get a picture.
I am very lucky. We have lots of Turkey Vultures around here and I love to see them riding the air currents. Even betterer, there is a year-round community of bluebirds in my neighborhood. I have a bluebird box and get to watch them courting and nesting and feeding and finally fledgng every summer. There are lots of birds I would like to see but I’m very happy with my everday birdies.
Great shots of the TV’s!
We were working outside, residing part of our house this afternoon. It involves tall ladders and being up there in what feels like the clouds. Looked up to the real clouds to see two turkey vultures riding the wind way above us against clear blue sky. I appreciate their everyday presence, however it does not make me feel very comfortable 15 feet up a ladder…what do they know?? They will leave here soon, not to be seen again till nearly April. Every day they stay in September means winter is one day farther in the future.
Caroline in South Dakota
@Louise: Doesn’t it suck to miss the birds you like?
@Susan T: I do get out of the city and get to see the birds I miss sometimes…someday I’m sure I’ll make it up there.
@PJ: Sure, rub it in. 🙂
@Caroline: I once tried to fake my own death to see if I could get Turkey Vultures to land next to me. They didn’t fall for it…
Hi Corey – I live near Forest Park, too, for the birds and the green. I am a volunteer for the Metro Trails Committee (part of the NY/NJ Trails Conference) that helps NYC maintain it’s hiking trails. I got involved because the committee has been asked to help with Forest Park’s trails. This Saturday, Sept. 20th, we’ve organized a volunteer get together to prune, clean-up, and blaze trails. Would love for your help! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 😉
Corey, did you know that there’s a book for kids called “Vulture View”? Written by April Pulley Sayre, it’s a picture book about turkey vultures. Steve Jenkins did cut-paper illustrations, and it’s a beautiful book. The text is kind of a poem–short, and ideal for very young readers.
@Anne: If I can I will get there (though I’m not sure what Daisy has planned for Saturday yet).
@Susan: I’ll check it out. Thanks!
Wow, I thought I was the only one who waxed poetic on the lowly vultures! We have black and turkey vultures here. I live on a bluff and they love to ride the updrafts, so it’s not unusual in the winter to see dozens whirling over the house. Beautiful pics!
I spotted my first turkey vulture in NYC today over Cunningham Park.
I think turkey vultures are so beautiful and I’m so glad we have them. However, I miss crows! We have no crows in town.
They are certainly back in Putnam County! BIG TIME