Vultures in Dedham


We drove into Dedham Square late this afternoon and saw what looked like a couple of hawks lazily circling overhead. But when we pulled into the parking lot by Rte. 1, it was obvious those were no hawks - they were too big. They decided to perch on a light pole across the highway - between Staples and that building with the porno place. Thank goodness for cameras with zoom lenses!

Vulture in flight?



Free tagging: 


We need something to eat up

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We need something to eat up all the coon, squirrel and possum road kill.

Or maybe ...

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They were waiting for some of the seagulls that were congregating behind the Tahiti to drop.


Turkey vultures are cool, I used to see them up in the Adirondacks all the time. Assuming I can get images to work here, here's my favorite turkey vulture image ever:

edit: I clearly don't know what I'm doing trying to embed images. Here's a link.

Love it and I am so happy

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that the one who landed in front of me whilst I was running up in northern Vermont, did not projectile vomit on me!

Zoom lenses

>>>>>between Staples and that building with the porno place. Thank goodness for cameras with zoom lenses! >>>>>

Why thank goodness? What were you able to see in the porno place with your zoom lenses?
(sorry, could not resist!)

They were waiting to pick off

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They were waiting to pick off the last of the porn DVD buyers - a dying breed,

Hawks from turkey vultures

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One easy way to distinguish hawks from vultures while they're flying is that the tips of turkey vulture's wings appear frayed from a distance, or as though they have fingers.

Hawks wing tips appear entire - not frayed. Then, of course, distinguishing the several types of hawks common in this area becomes increasingly difficult, at least for me.

Other ways to tell

Hawks have a very flat wing, i.e. very little dihedral. That is, when they're soaring, you could draw a straight line from wingtip to wingtip and it would follow right along the leading edge of the wing. Vultures have a very pronounced V - lots of dihedral. Their body looks like it's hanging from the wings. You can easily see this difference when they're in lift and circling, even from a long distance. (Thanks to my bud Matt for that tip)
Also, hawks are just much better fliers - they're much smoother when circling. Vultures are very jerky fliers, rocking back and forth a lot.
Whenever I see a hawk soaring, I have to take a few minutes (or more) to watch. Drives my wife nuts sometimes.

In Confused

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Are we talking about the bird or women from Dedham aka Shelbyville