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Oct 19, 2011

Big birds everywhere

Big birds seemed to be the order of the day as I wandered about in the rain this afternoon.   Turkey vultures, Wild Turkeys and Canada Geese seemed to be everywhere.   Pictured here is a wet and sombre gathering of  20 Turkey Vultures overlooking the stream and valley beside the one-time Hamlet of Holy Park, in south-west King Township.   Not far away, I came across a flock of 14 Wild Turkeys which flew off in a great clatter of wings.   Normally, wild turkeys would rather run off but I had come upon them much too quietly and quickly.   And then there is the Canada Goose.   It seems every farm field hereabouts that has recently been harvested is now a buffet for our ubiquitous goose.   Whereas one is used to seeing a few dozen Canada Geese at a time, suddenly even the smallest field has hundreds of them and the big farms have thousands of them gleaning in the stubble.   Pictured below are Canada Geese in a recently-cut corn field, near the King Township hamlet of Strange.
Please comment if you wish.                                                                                        Photos by BarrytheBirder

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