• Black Vulture

    Common NameBlack Vulture
    Scientific NameCoragyps atratus
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation12/24/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameSpencer Hardy
    Mailing Address133 Tucker Hill Rd
    Norwich, VT 05055
    United States
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    Date Completed12/27/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Doug Hardy,

    Latitude of Observation44.002691
    Longitude of Observation-73.152774
    Place NameMiddlebury Courtyard Marriot
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:15 AM
    Length of Time Observed5 mins
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)250'
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)250'
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions


    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Minox 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    My 16th in VT, first for DRH

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    Description of Habitat

    By itself at the edge of town, in an area this species has been found in the winter before. No obvious food source within sight

    Behaviors Observed

    Perched the entire time

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Seen and identified from the passenger seat of our car. We stopped for better views and photos

    Relative Size & Shape

    Larger than AMCR or CORA with distinctive BLVU shape


    Black, with feathered nape

    Feet & Bill

    Grayish feet

    Upper Back


    Lower Back & Rump




    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts




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

    Shape and head color eliminate TUVU

    Other Notes & Comments

    Two BLVU seen on the Middlebury CBC a few days earlier (and present in town last winter). Perhaps time to add a 'plus' for this species?

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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