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by Marc Jameson
on January 12, 2015 at 3:06 PM
Interesting piece: in young redwood stands, I have observed dozens of nest sites, typically in burned-out and hollow redwood stumps within typically dense conifer stands. The "nest" consists of scratched earth within the stump area.  
RPF 1773, former manager of Jackson Demonstration State Forest
by Alicia spooner
on May 30, 2015 at 9:37 PM
We live on the Oregon Coast and have noticed a Turkey Vulture alone in a field of cattle across from our house. We have never seen the alone and not in a group although we see groups frequently. Sometimes I see him.her holding it's wings out as if to air them. It doesn't seem to have any problem flying. It has been there for a week or more. Do you know any possible reason for this odd behavior? There are new calves in the field but they all seem to be healthy. One was just born a couple of days ago and I wondered if the vulture was interested in the afterbirth. I would think there would be more or it would have finished the afterbirth by now. Could it be nesting?
by Robert J Keiffer
on June 1, 2015 at 9:59 AM
TUVUs have an incredible sense of smell and can key into small odors emitting form dead rodents, afterbirth, etc. TUVUs will often spread their wings open, in theory to warm up in morning sunlight. but possibly a way to dry their wings in damp climates. I think your TUVU simply has adjusted to a routine place to do such a thing... usually they do this on a dead snag, pole, limb, rock, etc. ...but an open pasture is also rather safe from predators due to good visibility. They will often do this alone. TUVUs need a large cavity of some sort for nesting. ...hope this helps.
by Cynthia Anderson
on June 13, 2015 at 7:06 AM
We had a single turkey vulture show up at our house about 8 weeks ago. Seem content to just hang out with our peacocks and chickens. All of which are free range on our 40 acres of mostly wooded land. I have asked local vets and hunters. No one can seem to explain this odd behavior. We would really appreciate any insight you can provide.  
Thank you,  
Cynthia Anderson
by Hope Vallary
on April 25, 2016 at 7:44 AM
hi i think ur tuvu is just chillin
by Emily Berk
on May 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM
We had a turkey vulture stop by in our backyard.  
 
The local steller's jays went crazy harrying it. The turkey vulture just ducked its head and seemed to be communicating that it was just browsing for dead things.  
 
Do you think the vulture was looking for eggs/chicks or was it truly as innocent as it would have led us to believe?  
 
-- Emily
by Tori
on June 21, 2016 at 10:14 PM
I lived in an area in the Hualapai mountain foothills. I have seen some quite large vultures here and there nesting even on power pole lofts. We have large basalt ridges all around the town and I often see large nest areas. I do allot of hiking and camping locally. I have a photo of one nesting above in the tall pines on the mountain over our camp site. I have seen some extremely large birds eating in areas I hike that have high cliff caves. Mostly inaccessable to humans or non flying creatures. The most incredible sight I saw was of many birds all roosting on the block where I lived. Each tree seemed to have 6 birds in it. My cat disappeared that week and maybe something had been hunting in the area. It was like a family reunion. I have noticed a lot of owls lately. And had my small dog with me when I photographed a large horned owl atop a large boulder watching for an opportunity to get her. I am sure it could have easily done so. I also noticed two cone shaped basalt formations that were quite large. They have ladder type Footholds carved into them which I had difficulty accessing due to erosion. I saw stones dry starched in the eye type cave area that would have been able to sleep in comfortably even for a human. I imagine that they were occasionally used for nesting. The carved foothold on the one look old like perhaps the Indian tribes of the past used them to gather eggs or sleep in.  
I can find the pics I have if your interested in seeing them. Torixain@Gmail.com
by Rock
on June 30, 2016 at 7:17 PM
My son and I were exploring for new caves in central Nevada last year, when we heard the most horrifying hissing coming from deep in the cave. After a lot of soul searching, we made our way back over 20 feet, only to come on to 2 young turkey vultures. Was we ever relieved...we went our way and they went thiers...
by Carole
on August 20, 2016 at 8:50 AM
This morning I observed a juvenile turkey vulture in what appears to be an abandoned osprey nest at the top of a dead pine. Adults were in the area.
by Dave
on April 7, 2017 at 7:27 AM
I took some pics yesterday of what I thought to be a Hawk but it turned out to be a Turkey Vulture upon investigating. And I thought it was weird because it was in the city. So when it landed I took a pic and upon editing I see that it had a partner and they were on a building where it goes in right before the roof and its dark and private. So my question would be is that normal and do they nest in the city?
by Elizabeth Diamond
on April 18, 2017 at 1:34 PM
I live in New York State. We have a ton of turkey vultures here. There have been three hanging out by my house for the last couple of weeks. They perch on a dead tree. They keep flying down to the ground in the midst of a bunch of close knit brambles. I thought maybe there was something dead down there, but I couldn't see or smell anything from about 10' away. I'm wondering if they ever nest on the ground?
by Raftingo Advanture
on April 23, 2017 at 2:15 AM
Nice sharing thanks
by Penny
on July 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM
Currently doing research as a result of finding 2 buzzards in one of the lofts of one of the barns on some property I lease. For the couple of years I've had the property, I haven't done anything but attempt to clean it out for storage, for a long time I believe after seeing moles (?) raccoons & possums in the area that the noises I'd been hearing were to do with those animals, then last week I saw one peeking it's head above some wood.  
 
I know NOTHING about such hunters, other than they eat road kill.  
 
After a couple of days, feeling the Okla. heat myself, I put out some water, the next day saw it exit the barn when I came back from feeding in the other barn. Didn't have the camera ready, but watched it fly across the road and land on a 50' pole. Not sure if he was gone for good was happy for him. Then next day, saw him in an empty stall, the next saw him/her in the loft, then to my surprise, ANOTHER in a stall. Next both in loft. Gave them some water in the loft, an a lil later they'd spilt the plastic shoe box container and was playing with the container.  
 
So today, climbed up the ladder an put a litter box with some water, now just waiting. :D  
 
They seem to not mind the camera, event the flash... However when they feel I'm a lil too close they hiss a bit, & that's fine with me, not looking to domesticate them.  
 
They have the loft & a large exit & smaller one, they're more than welcome to come & go as THEY PLEASE...  
 
Have a few pic's, as the game ranger did state he'd never heard of any living in a loft, but personally I can see the draw, after all, if I was in the market to buy or claim a home, I'd prefer vaulted ceilings & a loft & I don't even fly.
by Lynn Tate
on July 25, 2017 at 3:28 PM
I live in Linwood,Ks.This is the 5th year for nesting Turkey Vultures. We sit in a grove of tall white oaks and a 30 acre lake. Late may, we will witness as many as 30 to as low as 10 vultures mating 30 feet from our house in 40 to 50 feet tall oaks. They will copulate for about 3 to 4 days. It is so dense we can't find the nests. Many trees are broken at the tops from many storms and high winds we get here. Some move on, but some stay to roost. It is now July 24th and we are seeing the new fledglings flying out of the woods. Some come out of the woods flying not more than 4-6 feet off of the ground. About 3-4 vultures are here. Less than the 10-30 in late may. We observe them gliding over head. All times of the day,they will come and go. Many of the older birds have wing feathers missing. The young are real black and no wing feathers missing.The young seem to be about the same size as the adults. We have picked up their (poop), it stinks. The birds seem to poop in the open yard. Turkey Vultures are a beautiful thing.
by Pamela
on September 20, 2017 at 10:56 PM
Approximately 30 Turkey Vultures have decided that the live willow tree across the road from my home in rural Oregon is an excellent roosting tree. They've been roosting there nights for almost a week, perhaps longer. I have never seen vultures gather like this in a tree, and I can't recall ever seeing them in the trees around my home. They are gentle, humble creatures. When they fly from the tree, the sight of them and the sound of their wings is awesome!
 
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