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Identified Feather Found in my Garden

Found this 19 inch long feather in my garden today. I immediately researched and identified it as a turkey vulture, or what we call a buzzard feather. 

The most widespread vulture in North America, the turkey vulture is locally called “buzzard” in many areas. A turkey vulture standing on the ground can, at a distance, resemble a wild turkey. It is unique among our vultures in that it finds carrion by smell as well as by sight.

Before you write off vultures as disgusting oddities, hear out our last fun fact. Dead animals are a breeding ground for infectious disease, including those that can pass to humans. Vultures, all species, not just turkey vultures, have strong acid in their stomachs that destroys these toxins. By eating carrion, vultures prevent the spread of rabies, botulism, anthrax, cholera, and more.

Vulture photos are not mine, but the feather photo was snapped in my yard today.

Feather Photo ©CarolDM2020

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    Ever seen a buzzard or vulture flying around before?

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    Would you have known this feather as a vulture’s?

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    Amazing to see the different size feathers, right?

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Written by Carol DM

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  1. Woah, talk about research. Dang Carol, you found it! Feathers are also gifts, he must really be thinking of you. I cant believe you found what kind of bird it was. And a main flight feather, from the shape it looks like one of the biggest. Amaaaaazzzing!

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  2. One of my favorite pictures that I have ever taken was many turkey buzzards (as I recall 15) were lined up on the fenceposts drying the feathers. It was amazing. I just kept driving that part of the road for hours until they finally left. Thanks for reminding me.

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