Monday, August 22, 2011

Black Vultures Fledge- They're Baaaack!

August 23- You again?
I stuck my head in the Black Vulture nesting stall to see if I needed to clean out anything and there the chicks were, looking none the worse for their outing.  If I hadn't gone all over the stall the day they fledged I would have thought I had overlooked them.

I had assumed that like robins and bluebirds, once they leave the nest they are gone.  The hawkmountain.org site says that they fledge at around 10 to 14 weeks but remain dependent on their parents for much longer.  Sometimes they are still being fed by their parents eight months later.  They also may hang with their parent's social group for several years. With this late teenager behavior I almost expected to see an X-box in the stall.

The hawkmountain.org  site has extensive information on black vultures.  Stay tuned for more adventures!

3 comments:

  1. Hahaha! Teenagers for sure. Well you will get to see them for a while yet . Once the fluffy feathers disappear , I suppose they will become more independant... although I know many adult children who come back home. You may have eight monthers here. Cushy lodgings!

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  3. Did your vultures return in 2012? We are following a pair in Delaware whose chicks hatched four days ago. Live video is streaming at http://chimneyswifts.net/tristate/

    Bob

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