I guess the reason I haven’t been able to identify the type of hawk that lives around here – the one’s that I’ve seen circling together in gigantic (i.e. 50+ members) groups – is because it’s not actually a hawk at all, but a black vulture . There is also a huge turkey vulture population here as well. Interestingly, these populations seem to be specific to radford, VA in particular . Saturday has been proclaimed official “Vulture Day” in the city and there are all sorts of planned day-long festivities. We are actually considering getting up REALLY early saturday morning to watch them emerge and listen to lecture from one of the RU biologists. There was a lecture on vultures last week that I had hoped to attend. Now I’m sorry I missed it.
I love learning new stuff like this!