It was Saturday afternoon. I was chatting on the phone about blog stuff with Mike, as we tend to do, when he heard what must have been a string of incomprehensible babble before the line went dead. What had happened?
I had spotted a Turkey Vulture! Well, I had looked out the sliding glass door that leads to my balcony and spotted a large bird that seemed to have the flight pattern of a Turkey Vulture but I needed to drop the darned phone and grab the binoculars that live near the door for exactly this purpose. Bins grabbed, up to my eyes, and, darkness? Lens caps! Aah, here we go, there’s the bird, TURKEY VULTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the worst picture of a Turkey Vulture you will ever see on this blog
What’s the big deal about just another Turkey Vulture? I had, up until that moment, never seen a Turkey Vulture in Queens. Which, considering that I had seen 276 species in Queens without seeing a Turkey Vulture, is just absurd. Species number 277 in my home county, finally, and only 23 more to make it to the elusive 300 mark. I wonder what will be bird number 300?
That is a a seriously awesome bird for Queens. Nice work on getting it from your balcony as well!
Isn’t it funny, the birding experiences that excite us? By the way, your photo is, at least, identifiable as a TV. Congrats!
“a string of incomprehensible babble”? I find that hard to believe.
@Drew: Thanks! I was sooooo happy.
@Larry: Barely identifiable.
@Clare: Inexplicable expletives is probably more accurate.
Northern Gannet? Do you have that yet?
Oh, speaking of Turkey Vultures, Scott Barnes of Sandy Hook Bird Observatory posted a photo of an albino TV on the SHBO Facebook page. “This appears to be a true albino Turkey Vulture, with pink bare parts & no visible dark plumage. This bird was photographed at a roost site in Navesink, NJ by Scott Barnes.” Cool/creepy looking bird.
Congrats on finding your Queens nemesis.
So your BirdAlird North American proto type works okay?
But still – it ain’t no Black Stork.
Turkey Vulture in Queens is a total score, look long into a warmer future…do you see Black Vultures in Queens?
@Donna: Shoot, I’ve had gannet for a couple of years. And I am going to check out that TV.
@Jochen: If it were a Black Stork the stream of expletives would have been audible in Deutschland! And, yes, that BirdAlerd system is amazing!
@YourBirdOasis: I don’t but they are seen on (very) rare occasions. Some day I will get one…