It's been a most fascinating summer at the office park where a pair of Black Vultures have set up a base camp. We first observed them in April and as recently as Wednesday last week I spotted one. It's gotten even more interesting because experts have been brought in to drive off the birds. Guano is a problem. In the picture we can see one of two "decoys" put up to spook the real vultures. I confess to not being sure if this one is upside up or down. I am guessing down as well as guessing this is supposed to be a Turkey Vulture (pink head). I have experience with scarecrows and equivalents and I am skeptical. But the experts say this is a valid technique that has worked elsewhere. I keep watching. For the sake of facilities management, I hope this succeeds and the vultures can find a more suitable environment. But I would miss those fascinating birds.
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!