Believe it or not, the return of Turkey Vultures is another sign of spring. Turkey Vultures have been spotted in NH and other northern areas. Their big black "V" shape while soaring is a great ID clue. This is a bird I think of as pretty from a distance, kind of ugly up close. A valuable avian contributor is this 'nature's garbage collector.' Turkey Vultures feed on carrion. They're one of the few birds that have a well developed sense of smell and that helps them locate dead animals obscured by foliage. Keep looking up for this sign of spring.
Photo © Lillian Stokes, 2008