• Black Vulture

    Common NameBlack Vulture
    Scientific NameCoragyps atratus
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation12/20/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observedtwo
    Reporting Observer's NameStacy Robinson
    Mailing Address86 Viking Ln
    PO Box 92
    Port Henry, NY 12974-1608
    United States
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    Date Completed12/21/2017
    Latitude of Observation43 degrees 35'46.9" N
    Longitude of Observation73 degrees 16'07.7"W
    Place Name22N or Washington Street (Catholic Church)
    TownshipFair Haven
    CountyRutland
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:35 AM
    Length of Time Observed5 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)100'
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)75'
    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Vortex 10X42 binoculars

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    We have had regularly occurring BLVU sightings in and around the Ticonderoga, NY area over the past year and a half. I have also seen many BLVU on my annual visits to Florida.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    both birds flew over the roof and perched on church chimney

    Description of Vocalizations

    none heard

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    While driving north on 22A I caught only a glimpse of the first bird. I noted a very large black bird with a substantial wingspan. I also noticed the white at the tips of its wings. I had a slightly better look at the second bird including its short squared tail as they both dove over the roof of the church and temporarily out of view. I continued along the road until I could see the building and parking lot. I pulled over directly across the street from what turned out to be the Catholic Church. From my car window I saw that both birds had landed on the church chimney and were clearly BLVU. I knew this species was not common in VT and it would also be considered late in the year for any Vulture sighting so I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple pictures. Through my bins I saw them preening themselves and briefly each other.

    Relative Size & Shape

    large black vultures with black heads and wide wings with white at the tips only. Their tails were short and squared.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Eliminated TUVU by the white feathering seen only at the tips of their wings and their short squared tails. Eliminated juvenile BAEA by shape and

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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