Weekend Update

Two and a half hours in Green-Wood this morning, and not a single raptor sighting. That’s unusual for a winter day.

As I was walking home, a block away from the southern edge of the cemetery, I heard a Raven croaking. I turned to see it heading towards Green-Wood. Because I’d turned around, I saw a kettle of big birds swirling over the next avenue down the hill, to the west. Seven Turkey Vultures, with a few pilot-fish gulls, probably Herring, in the mix. And then a Cooper Hawk cut right overhead, heading south.

Once home, warming tortillas, I noticed a Red-tailed Hawk perched on the 40th St. antenna. But back to the  vultures. They’ve been seen in dribs and drabs over Brooklyn in the last month. Mostly Turkey, with a few Black. On Thursday, a Turkey Vulture flew low enough for me to capture the red face of a mature bird and the curl of the primaries.Yes, a Valentine’s Vulture! This is a tuliptree, not a cherry, but a haiku does suggest itself:

A midwinter day,
Vulture floating overhead ~
“Yo, I’m not dead yet!”

4 Responses to “Weekend Update”


  1. 1 Monica Murphy February 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Matthew, FYI, Animal Planet , Bronx Zoo show The Zoo (now) A peregrine falcon, found at the base of a skyscraper in N.Y.C., is returned to a nesting site and siblings on another skyscraper after a health check at the zoo. The show repeats tonight at midnight .Thought you might enjoy.

  2. 3 alaspooryorick February 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    third picture– the low flying vulture–is stunning. everything about it is bird.


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