Turkey Vulture
Cathartis aura

Turkey Vulture, Cathartis auraAs far as I know, no turkey vulture has ever landed in my yard, but it is not rare to see them soaring over.  During migrations they are often seen traveling in groups.  More and more of their wintering grounds are being built over.  This picture clearly shows the white areas under the wings and tail.

Turkey Vulture, Cathartis auraThis view shows the twisting of the wing tip feathers for controlling flight.  Turkey vultures are also known as buzzards.

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