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VTBIRD October 2008

Subject:

Black Vultures still in Bristol

From:

Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 25 Oct 2008 16:49:14 -0400

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Hello All,

Thanks to Bryan Pfeiffer's posting yesterday about the two Black Vultures, Jim 
Osborn and I thought we would try to find them and ended up doing just that. 
We drove south through Hinesburg and went by Bristol Pond (to try and see 
the Sandhill Cranes, but did not) to get to Rte. 17 in Bristol. We were there 
early and did not see "any" Vultures. We figured that they were still roosting 
and would try again later. We went to the Goose viewing area in Addison and 
saw Craig Provost there. He told us that Turkey Vultures have a roosting area 
just west of the Mt. Abraham Union High School parking lot. After birding the 
Addison area for a while we returned to Bristol and parked at the west edge of 
the high school parking lot. Jim found a walking path that headed west and led 
to the edge of a ledge that dropped off to a gravel pit type of area. We were 
there about a minute when I spotted a Turkey Vulture flying west. I saw it 
land in a tree on the west side of Burpee Rd. Using our scopes we were able 
to identify 2 Black Vultures and 5 Turkey Vultures. It was 12:11 p.m. when we 
found them. We observed them for a while then headed to Burpee Rd. to 
hopefully get a closer look at them. When we got down there the Black 
Vultures were not in the tree but the 5 Turkey Vultures still were. We then 
continued north on Burpee and took a left onto Plank Rd. We drove west and 
stopped on the side of the road just past the first farm on the left. We looked 
toward the south and found one of the Black Vultures with one Turkey Vulture 
in a tree across the field that we were parked next to. I called Greg Askew 
and Craig Provost and told them where the Black Vultures were. Greg located 
both of them(while viewing from Plank Rd.) in a different tree and they were 
with 13 Turkey Vultures. He found them at 1:00 p.m. Craig called me at 2:21 
p.m. to tell me that he had also located them soaring near the intersection of 
Rte. 17, Burpee Rd. and Rte. 116. Thanks again Bryan, this is a great species 
to get in Vermont, especially this far north.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

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