Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) are a common sight here during the summer and fall months. Almost always seen flying over Leaning Oaks with wings outstretched and tipped upwards, they have a distinctive rocking back and forth as they fly. They are most noticeable on nice days when they stay aloft on thermal uprisings. They also seem to appreciate the assist of a good wind storm as well, and we see Turkey Vultures using high winds to keep themselves aloft with little or no apparent effort on their part. Here we have Turkey Vulture records from the third week of February to the middle of November. They are clearly increasing in numbers as well as how long they stay, with small numbers being found year round on southern Vancouver Island now. It is suspected they have been assisted with a contant supply of road-killed animals on ever busier road and milder winters..
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.