On Monday night my neighbor and I headed down the the river to see what we could see. It had been a brilliant blue day but as evening arrived a thick bank of clouds rolled in, accompanied with strong winds.
The river was choppy and almost devoid of traffic, but the sky was filled. Around fifteen or so turkey vultures 1 were playing in the wind. They’d adjust their bodies as the air rushed past them, allow them to almost hover in place. The birds would then shift into a new stream and then suddenly dive down into the wind, a blur of motion plummeting to the ground.
It was an amazing spectacle. After the events in Orlando Sunday Morning, it was sorely needed.
- They don’t hunt wild turkeys, though we need that around here. Turkey Vultures are actually carrion eaters, they get their name because their heads look similar to a turkey’s. ↩