Vultures in Spring

Vultures in Spring

One morning we watched a turkey vulture sit on the grape arbors with its wings outstretched for nearly an hour.  It was one of the first warmer days of spring and the vulture was increasing the surface area of its body to allow the sun to more easily warm it....
Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

We love to watch the Turkey Vultures sailing in the winds over the valley south of the house. They are such huge birds, graceful in their search for lunch (or dinner or ?). You’ll also see them driving the mountain roads cleaning up after road kill.  They seem...
Screech Owl

Screech Owl

There are an incredible variety of birds to watch in this area.  It is not often, but occasionally we are pleasantly surprised by some that remain fairly hidden in the forest.  This Eastern Screech Owl was perched on the small split rail fence just below our driveway...
Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

In the Spring and Fall, wild turkeys are a regular site in the meadow. We’ve seen as many as five large toms in full display with eight hens.  They are truly fun to watch but very very skittish (I need to get my DSLR with a long lens to get a good photo, they...
Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Occasionally, you will hear something in the woods you swear sounds like a jackhammer.  This is the sound of the Pileated Woodpecker, a very large variety that makes the most amazing hammering sounds.  If you hike the ridge above the house you will see places in the...
Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Another bird I was privileged to see here is the Scarlet Tanager.  I was driving home, coming back up the driveway and it was perched in a tree alongside. I was able to stop and really get a good look at it.  Absolutely stunning, a vivid orange-red that is Impossible...

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