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FloriTexan Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 12:02 PM
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Buzzards...
Saw the weirdest thing yesterday....Hundreds of buzzards flying low near Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett Tx. They weren't circling, but slowly trailing each other all about 50 feet off the ground. They flew unorganized and individual, not a flock per se. They were still a few around this morning- just all headed in the same general direction. You could see them for a couple of miles. It was so soooo creepy. Our first thoughts were that either they were migrating or that they were giving a storm that was due east of us a wide berth. That storm did generate a large tornado. Posting this here in case anyone is aware of this behavior.
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FloriTexan Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 05:15 PM
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1. They were Turkey Vultures...
and viola, I read they do migrate to South America in the winter. I have never seen it before.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-27-10 07:37 AM
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2. Fun fact:
Vultures are highly dependent on air currents known as thermals for getting around. Thermal development happens when the ground temperature is warm.

Vultures migrate south to keep pace with warm ground temperatures. :D
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 08:03 PM
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3. I'll bet that was eerie!
I've been watching migrating geese, which is very cool; but, vultures? wow.
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