My friend in Maine, Vee, has long lamented about the scourge of the turkey vultures. I'd never recalled seeing a turkey vulture in this area and my naturalist neighbors concurred. We've seen some pretty large red-tailed hawks but no turkey vultures, until this week.
The other evening something appeared in the sky just north of here. Large. Very large. I didn't know what the identifying features were but my best guess is that it was the dreaded turkey vulture. Believe me when I say you'd remember something THAT large.
Last night we attended the first of a series of free concerts in the park at a nearby town. We were all sitting in the very chilly evening air when something appeared, gliding in wide circles high above the crowd. It was so unusual and so large that the entire gathering of people turned their heads skyward. Eveyone was asking, "What IS that?"
Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera handy but here's a You Tube video of a turkey vulture flying overhead.
I'm not quite sure what their arrival portends for us here in northern Illinois. Bad things? Annoyances? I'm waiting to hear from those of you who have turkey vulture experience. Our little dogs are already on house arrest due to the coyotes. More of the same?