Around 3 p.m. Tuesday was driving S over N Williston bridge when I spotted a
kettle of 12-15 Turkey Vultures circling over the agricultural fields on the
south bank flood plain. As I watched through binos, the "kettle" dissolved:
about half the birds alit on the ground to feed, while the rest stayed aloft and
headed off north across the river into Jericho. Early one morning about a year
ago at this site, I found seven TVs roosting in one tree near the river -- quite
an astonishing sight!
A little later, while walking my dog on the edge of some woods, I finally SAW
six or seven of the resident Wild Turkey flock, grazing. I had seen signs of
them in recent weeks, but hadn't actaully laid eyes on a turkey since late last
fall. Their winter disappearance totally mystifies me.