What was bird species #37?

That Yard had been visited by a Turkey, but not yet by a Turkey Vulture.

Adult in flight

These large birds are often seen soaring over highways, looking for carrion. They are distinguishable from other large soaring birds by three main traits. First, they have red heads. Second, they fly with their wings lifted upwards in a V shape. And third, when seen from underneath their wings are two colors: dark along the leading edge, and silvery along the trailing edge.

Vultures aren’t the most popular birds, but they provide an important service. Few other animals are able to eat not-so-fresh carcasses. Without vultures, we’d have to clean up a lot more roadkill ourselves.

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What was bird species #37?

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