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Discussion in 'Nature' started by digitalandfilm, Mar 22, 2013.
I always knew this happened but never came across such a scene. Very creepy!
We usually get Turkey Buzzards it this area, but this particular "crew" are the Black Vultures who range from the southern tip of South America to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We are not too far NJ and PA (in NY) so they are at the furthest northern part of their territory.
Interesting fact- they can locate dead animals (carrion) by smelling (while flying) the gasses that are emitted from the dead animal.
Go slow for the "cone zone" - carrion (NSFW?)
To close to the road is hazardous. Passed on the way to work and spotted 4-5 buzzards (turkey vultures) working a road kill squirrel.
Coming back on lunch spotted the tragic aftermath.
Who scavenges the scavenger?
I thought we only had turkey vultures but this is (was) a black vulture Coragyps atratus (I think) even though a bit out of its normal range. More likely a young turkey vulture.