"Fourteen buzzards near Cadillac Ranch, Bluff, Utah on
Saturday. Right on time!"
(E-mail from John Hook --
24 Mar 2014) :
"..Great, thanks Linda! My first report was of 5 Vultures
circling above the river on March 21 and a single perched in a dead tree,
so this is only the second report Iíve heard!"
"FYI for new folks on this list, we noticed 20+ years ago
that our soaring Turkey Vulture friends were showing up in the spring with
amazing regularity. After a couple of years of calendar statistics I found
that our local flock begins to arrive plus or minus about 3 days of March
23 and here they are after a nice winter sunning in Mexico or somewhere!
They probably have better tans than we winter dwellers do but now spring
is Bluff-icially here J . My imagination tells me this same genetic family
of Turkey Vultures has probably returned to the San Juan River since the
Ice Ages except that in those days they came back to clean up winter kill
camels and mammoth instead of road kill cattle, horses and the occasional
deer. Folks may have noticed Vultures near Blanding and Monticello up to a
couple weeks ago, but I think this is our own special flock. Welcome Home