Are These Hawks Flying Above Me?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickenjocky, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Chickenjocky

    Chickenjocky Out Of The Brooder

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    Are these hawks. There are 22 flying above my backyard chicken coop. They soared above not flapping their wings at all. [​IMG][​IMG]
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    I live in Des Moines Iowa. Please help identify.
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Those are Turkey Vultures
     
  3. Aschenfire

    Aschenfire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, scavengers. Vultures, not hawks.
     
  4. Amy S

    Amy S Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have those as well. Those pictures look like they could have been taken from my own backyard last week. Heh.

    I thought I read somewhere that their feet/claws will not allow them to carry off prey, even if they wanted to?? (hope so)
     
  5. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

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    If they keep circling the same area theres something dead nearby they're after.
     
  6. Amy S

    Amy S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep. Just read that the beak and talons are the weakest of all the vulture species, resulting in their inability to catch and hold onto even small prey.
     
  7. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    harmless
     
  8. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    or migrating through. They often travel collectively and can/will migrate by rising on a thermal and gliding over to the next thermal.. it's their way of saving energy while trying to travel a maximum distance. perhaps your place has good conduction for thermals.
     
  9. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    Yep! 100% sure that they're turkey vultures. They are harmless and do a wealth of beneficial cleanup!
     

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