The following review of the Crossley ID Guide: Raptors is part of the Raptor Blog Tour. Make sure to check out all the really great articles about this superbly fine guide. Turkey Vultures. Some people hate them because they are “ugly” or “gross”. But I think they are awesome. Sure, these birds urinate
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Sugar River, the namesake of Sugar River Forest Preserve One of the most interesting birds to observe is perhaps the Turkey Vulture. They are large and really common in northern Illinois so they are easy to spot. I’ve found many Turkey Vulture roosts before but was surprised to come upon a group perched in a
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We love the shape Turkey Vultures (TVs) make when they fly. They are one of the coolest birds to observe and often allow for up close study. Their behaviors are fascinating and something we will be discussing in the near future.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hosting a spooky bird contest and you have until Halloween to enter. “A Murder of Crows and other Spooky Bird Tales” consists of photos, stories, artwork, and more of birds doing weird but explainable behaviors. For our entry we have chosen perhaps the most fascinating and oh so creepy
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This is the third time we’ve watched the World Bird Sanctuary’s live raptor show at the Illinois Audubon Society’s Bald Eagle Weekend, but this was by far the best for photography. First up was probably our favorite raptor in the world, the Harris’s Hawk. This is Sheldon and he flew over the crowd’s heads, causing
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Graceful in the sky, Turkey Vultures are far from ugly The Turkey Vulture is often unappreciated even with their important role on the carrion clean-up crew. Although they will also sometimes eat crops and other vegetation, carrion comprises most of their diet. Turkey Vultures have a well-developed sense of smell (more than most other birds)
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