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USDA Tagged Vulture Research Program

Discussion in 'Nature/Habitat/Garden Corner' started by KTdid, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    This morning I spotted a wing tagged black vulture. If you spot one, please report your findings to the USDA.

    Make note of the date, time, location and tag (one wing, both wings, color, and number), health of the bird, area or surroundings where the bird was found or spotted, Federal leg band and any other information. You can upload pics too.

    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ou...ch-areas/sa_invasive_wildlife/ct_vulture_tags

    Also report to the USGS Bird Banding Lab in MD. They maintain a central database for marked birds in North America.

    Visit their site at www.reportband.gov
     
  2. river

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    Did you see this in the group that seems to be living in the trees at the corner of Claiborne and Ellsey? There seems to be more vultures (?) there than ever before.
     
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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it was on my neighbor's deck rail. The bird was hatched in 2018 and banded in May 2019 near Martinsburg, WV.

    The group has doubled since the parents returned with their fledglings.
     
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    Interesting... I wonder if somehow they can be relocated. They are destroying the trees right along the trail, and the odor is so bad I don't even want to walk by there. They are becoming more of a nuisance than anything.
     
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    I have to agree they are destroying the trees along the trail and they smell. I avoid that area on my walks now.
     
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    I also noticed they are causing damage to the roofs of nearby homes, on both sides of Claiborne.
     
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    When I walk the trails the only discernible odor is coming from the dog poop bin. A testament that most folks do pick up after their dogs.
     
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    This is not the dog poop bins (although they do smell). If you walk under one of those trees when the vultures are sitting there you will smell them. It's worse than the dog poop bins. I am just glad I don't live over in those town houses as they are all over the roofs.
     
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    I noticed that the last two times we've walked by that area (Claiborne and Ellsey), the vultures are gone. No longer in those trees, nor on the roofs of the townhomes across Claiborne or the houses adjacent to the school. I wonder what happened. Does a change in weather affect them?
     
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    Usually, about this is the time of year, they're nesting. Both male and female will take turns incubating the egg while the other will scavenge for food. Maybe this is the reason for the decline you noticed.
     

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