Friday, April 18, 2008

Derby Hill Bird Obserrvatory

When more than 600 Turkey Vultures pass over in a day it's easy to not pay enough attention to notice something different, even for the experts. Fortunately for the experts (all three official counters were there at the time) Andy had a quest to see a Black Vulture. He kept it quiet until he was pretty certain, then brought it to the attention of everyone and it was confirmed. Only the second one spotted this year. He kept saying, "That bird doesn't have a head." But it was the white wing tips that distinguished it from the Turkey Vultures.
I later saw an Osprey that would have gone unnoticed, but lost my credibility almost right away by claiming another one that turned out to be a Rough-legged. Still, there were only six of those counted all day.

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