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Apr 18, 2013

Road-kill to you and me - feast for vultures

Photo by BarrytheBirder
This was one of four Turkey Vultures on Concession 11 of King Township today, picking clean the bones of an unfortunate road-kill raccoon.   Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are arriving sooner and sooner each year and continue to extend their range northward in Ontario.   In my 1987 2nd edition of  National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, it states the Turkey Vulture's "range is expanding northward in the east".   So, the movement north has been observed and commented upon for at least the past 26 years.   The same field guide  claims that the Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) has also been expanding its range in the north-east.   Here in King Township Turkey Vultures were spotted this year at the end of March, and on April 10th, a Black Vulture was sighted at the Dufferin Aggregates quarry in Milton, Ontario.   These two species are just two of many, many species which are apparently moving further north as a result of global warming.
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