Vulture Flyover at Marie Curtis Park: Oct 26, 2022

By the month of May, there are Turkey Vultures all over the area north of the Great Lakes. I have seen them as far north as Timmins in June. By midwinter there isn’t a one.

This morning we saw about two dozen fly overhead on their way south.

Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vultures

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Mallard hybrid
Mallard hybrid “bib” duck
Mallard (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gulls

Some botany:

Hedge Parsley (Torilis japonica)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Horseweed (Conyza canadensis)
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Shaggy Mane
Shaggy Mane
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Park views:

Today’s group:


Hi Miles. Here’s a baby Barn Owl on the run. Irresistible! (photo by Dutch photographer Hannie Here) 


O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.     – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Vulture Flyover at Marie Curtis Park: Oct 26, 2022

  1. Eugene K.

    Shaggy Manes make the best mushroom soup, in my opinion. Pick them in the morning, when they look like your first picture, and cook them that evening. By the time they open up and you can see any evidence of the characteristic inky black, deliquescence has begun. At this point they are transforming into spore factories, and will soon dissolve into their own ink, and picking them doesn’t halt that process. My brother used to drive around his area, looking for shaggies fruiting on local lawns. Whenever he found a productive lawn, he’d knock on the door and offer to rid their lawn of those unsightly mushrooms. A morning drive would sometimes yield a pot of yummy mushroom soup.

    1. Lisa Volkov

      Eugene, I would have been disappointed in you if you hadn’t commented on those mushrooms. As soon as I saw the picture, I thought of you!


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