Sunday, May 3, 2015

Turkey Vulture

While we were near Dallas, we visited Lewisville Lake. A couple of Turkey Vultures fed on the shore. I thought one had an extraordinary collar, but it was not until I worked on the photo that I realized this was actually a radio transmitter. Notice the arial running down the vulture’s back.

A quick and cursory Internet search resulted in finding a vulture-radio-tagging program by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. I have no guarantee that this vulture is one of theirs. But, nevertheless, two still-living vultures banded in Saskatchewan, Canada, migrated over the Dallas area on their way to southern Central America and Venezuela. Both migrations skirted the Gulf of Mexico, and cruised along the Mexican coast through eastern Texas. Perhaps this bird is a Canadian returning home.

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