30 March 2017

Turkey Vultures Swarming

Kettle of Turkey Vultures, Vergennes, Vermont March 2017
According to the Audubon website, Turkey Vultures swarm as they preparing to continue their migration, and/or roost for the night in early fall or spring. They are called a kettle when they are in flight. The photograph is taken at 5:43 PM EDT over Vergennes, Vermont. The sun is in my eyes. Thus, thinking the video button is pushed, (x 3), it is not. No video. Very disappointing. They were very close, less than a few hundred feet above the old Vergennes Burial Ground. Eerie. They then turn back south towards Waltham, Vermont where there are thick woods to roost in. They ease of their glide is amazing.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Z
    It was eerie, though, when they flew so low over the old cemetery.

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  2. A kettle? Wonder how that designation came about?

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    1. Hello Tabor,
      According to the Audubon website, their pattern of flight taking thermal updrafts resembles a boiling like in a kettle.

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  3. A kettle of turkey vultures? Hmmm. When I read some of the names that this or that "is called," I often wonder, "by whom"? ;)

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    1. Hello Quinn,
      It gets better... When turkey vultures are dining, they're called a wake, and when resting in trees, a committee. All the names appear to be given from human activity.

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