Sighting of Turkey Vulture

by Philip D'Souza
(Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

I live in Oakville, Ontario. This morning as I was on my way to the library, I saw what seemed to be a Turkey Vulture.

I have seen various Vultures flying high in the sky but this was the first time that I spotted this one as it was eating a small animal on the ground.

There was a strong smell of skunk but as this animal was pretty messy I could not tell for sure.

I have had a fairly keen interest in birds, but this is the first time that I have seen this one so close.

I am not too sure which group this bird belongs to. It has a reddish head, white tipped beak and brown / black feathers (looks more black than brown).

It is unfortunate that I did not have my camera with me.

I hope you find this of interest.

Thanks for sending us your report, Philip, and from your description, I think that certainly was a Turkey Vulture that you saw.

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Turkey Vulture
by: Philip

From the emails pertaining to the Turkey Vulture, it seems they prey pretty close to residential areas. Is this common?

Yes, Turkey Vultures are not predators, they don't hunt and they just eat dead animals - often road-kill, so they are not a threat or danger to pets or children, and yes, they often soar over towns and cities.

Turkey Vulture Sighting
by: Charlotte

I was driving along 8th. Line going south towards Eglinton Avenue, Mississauga, this morning October 1 and spotted a Turkey Vulture on a lawn eating a dead squirrel. I was quite surprised as this is the first time I've seen a Turkey Vulture in the wild.

Brampton Turkey Vulture
by: Maureen

I just saw one this past week eating a dead squirrel on a person's lawn in Brampton.

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