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Look! Up in the sky! Is that a vulture, an eagle, a condor … or?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 7:39 am in Condors, Golden eagles, Ospreys, Red-tailed hawk, Turkey vultures, White-tailed kite.

Golden eagle by David Harper, Oakley, CA
golden eagle david harper oakley

Ever looked up and wondered what kind of large bird was circling around in the sky above you?

Here are some photographs of birds of prey that you might commonly see up there. Well, except for the California condor. I just threw that one in because I’m always getting e-mails from people who say they saw a condor flying around somewhere over the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve yet to ever see one or have a local sighting verified. Maybe someday if the condor recovery efforts keep improving. Meanwhile, here’s what a condor really looks like. Note, all have ID numbers on their wings. Enjoy. /Gary

California condor (note ID number on wing) by USFWS
condor flying

Osprey by David Harper, Oakley, CA
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Red-tailed hawk (note reddish tail) by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA
red-tail jim kardos wc

Turkey vulture (note red head) by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA
t vulture jim kardos wc

Two white-tailed kites by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
kite vole brian murphy wc

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One Response to “Look! Up in the sky! Is that a vulture, an eagle, a condor … or?”

  1. Joy Alberts Says:

    Just wondering if what I saw flying around my home yesterday in Benicia, CA was a California Condor? Can I send you a photo?

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