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From a distance, I figured this was a flock of turkeys in an Ohio hayfield outside Mount Vernon last Saturday.
Nope. Vultures. Since I could not see any red on their heads, and because of their apparent sociable habit, they might have been Black Vultures. Or Maybe Turkey Vultures assembling around a corpse. Did not have my binoculars.
Not sure whether Black Vultures are regular in central Ohio.
We have both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures (the ones with the red head) in Ohio. From the picture, these look like Black Vultures. They are more aggressive than Turkey Vultures. Farmers have reported kills of new lambs by Blacks.
Hey Bob - I got into an argument with our local DEP Game Warden about black vs turkey vultures. I was driving up the road one day and noticed a huge group of black vultures sitting on top of one of the local bed 'n breakfast homes - which, oddly, is located right next to the First Congregational grave yard. :>) He said they had to be turkey vultures because black vultures didn't even pass through CT.
Well now... it seems I must retract my statement above.
"How do you determine the gender of a turkey vulture?
Male and female turkey vultures do not exhibit any visible differences. They are exactly alike in color, and do not differ significantly in size or weight. Gender cannot be determined without a medical procedure."
I must add, however, that I don't believe this. I see these birds constantly. And often up close and personal. Some have a much more pronounced head including something that looks much like a tom's snood. I had presumed these were males.
Learn something new every day, even if you doubt the veracity of it.
At a family reunion a few years ago, 5-year old cousin saw a few vultures above and said to his mother, "lay down with me Mom and they will circle us". She did, and they did. So you may have a point.
Here in SE Ohio, the Black Vultures arrived a few years ago and are now pretty common. They do seem to leave a little earlier in the fall compared to the Turkey versions.
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We have recently seen an increase of sightings of Black Vultures here in Connecticut, especially in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. Of course, we have had Turkey vultures as long as I can remember (and that's longer than I'd like to admit.