Monday, April 14, 2008

Sonoran Desert: Turkey Vulture Video

Handbook of Nature Study, page 45
"There are even garbage gatherers among the birds; vultures, gulls, and crows serve in this capacity. The vultures are commonly found in the warmer parts of the country and serve a most useful purpose by their habit of devouring the unburied bodies of dead animals."

We saw so many turkey vultures on our trip to Saguaro National Park that they became common place. This video was taken when we saw the turkey vulture land right next to our van and we stopped to see what it was going to do. He treated us to a little "air show" with a couple of his friends. I have more encounters with birds to share in the days to come.

The Sonoran Desert is full of bird life and if you ever get a chance to visit this part of the world, you must spend some time birdwatching.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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