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Vultures: The environment would be a stinky mess without these scavengers

Sharp-shinned hawk on car top. Photo by Madeleine Gallagher, Walnut Creek, CA
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Dear Gary:
I’m just learning how to download photos onto our computer and have some recent photos taken in our neighborhood in Walnut Creek.

The little hawk sat on my car for at least an hour. We think it’s a sharp-shinned hawk, based on the pictures in Sibley’s bird book. It is the second or third time a hawk (maybe this one) has perched there.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Under: Hawks, Raptors, Turkey vultures | 1 Comment »

Turkey vultures take sun baths to clean their wings

Vultures sunning themselves. Photo by Jim Klent, San Leandro
Vulture Wings

I’ve been getting reports from people who see turkey vultures perched in trees or standing on telephone poles with their wings spread and wonder what’s going on.

They are sunning themselves to clean their wings.
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Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009
Under: Sun, Turkey vultures | 5 Comments »