When the skies are cloudy or worse, rain. They are not as fond of those skies that serve as their playground and they take to evergreen trees for shelter, just as they did Friday when I was getting out of work. There were quite a few of them in this tree so of course, I had to stop and take a picture. The one above was taken out of my car as I wasn't sure if they would flee once they saw me so I played it safe and got my first shot from the drivers side window.
Everyone once and a while, one would be brave and take to the skies and in effort to "test the waters" if you will, I am assuming. Off it would fly, flapping it's heavy wings over toward the Blackstone, only to return a few seconds later, defeated as it went back to its perch.
The leader of the pack never gave up its spot as it sat there scanning the skies and watching the cars go by.
And this is why I refer to the tree as the Turkey Vulture tree. Over the past week or so, I have noticed they have taken a strong liking to it which is fortunate for me as its a place a go by on a regular basis.
While their faces are not pretty, one has to be impressed with the beautiful plumage this bird has.
While I will be sad to see them go, I am looking forward to seeing them migrate. I have had the opportunity to study these birds more while in flight recently and I have noticed they are the most laziest flyers of all of the birds I look at during my lunch hour at work. They don't like using their wings but when they do it's a heavy, slow wing beat, but clearly not enjoyable on their part as they prefer the thermal lifts to do the hard work for them. There is also no apparent reason for their soaring as they are probably only looking for food and have no where to go anytime soon. It will be interesting to see if their flight behaviour is any different while heading to their winter location.
Take care all.