Around noon on Sunday, we observed hundreds of Turkey Vultures riding a thermal updraft and swirling high into the air. The birds were quite some distance away when we first noticed them—maybe as far as a mile (1.6km). As the vultures rode the thermal to its height, they began to break out of the circular pattern they were flying, and one by one the birds started streaming off to the south. The long line of migrating Turkey Vultures passed directly overhead as we watched.

Observation Details

CountyDenton
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CityCarrollton
DateOctober 16, 2011
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorMigration
GenderMixed
MaturityMixed
ObserverChris Jackson