Success under the porch of the ranch house

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Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

I once posted of there being a pair of black buzzards having nested under the porch of our ranch house. This is their 3rd year so I guess they do have sight fidelity as well.

Anyway. Here is a photo of the newest addition to our world.
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mjfog
Posts: 234
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Kinda like baby martins; looks only a mother could love!
Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

I know you guys and gals have been wondering what ever happened to the baby buzzard under the porch?

Well. He's just fine. Here he is at two weeks.
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Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

Here he is at 4 weeks. This picture was taken Monday. I missed week 3.

He's grown way out of his cuteness.

Coolwhips
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Archer
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Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Are they the same bird as the Turkey Vulture. I watched one fly straight into a 30 mph headwind yesterday. Amazing flyer that hardly had to flap his wings into that wind. He would carve back and forth into that wind while making headway.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
Whippy
Posts: 598
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

Archer wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:52 am
Are they the same bird as the Turkey Vulture. I watched one fly straight into a 30 mph headwind yesterday. Amazing flyer that hardly had to flap his wings into that wind. He would carve back and forth into that wind while making headway.
Arch,

No. This is Black Vulture. They have black heads where in the Turkey Vulture has a red head and in some odd way looks like a turkey when it sits on the ground. Not identical obviously, but close enough for some explorer to draw that similarity.

I am amazed at the agility of these large birds. I've been watching them for a long time and its kind of like watching a 747 take off. You wonder how in the world can something that big get off the ground.

Here's Momma Buzzard looking at me as I drink my coffee. She's 8 feet from me at the time of this photo.
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rrmartins
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Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Wow, how neat is that? Never saw a baby vulture before.
I unfortunately found four baby blue jays hopping around my flower bed yesterday, couldn’t find there nest, put them in the shade and mom went down too them, I’m sure they perished though.
2019
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
johncanfield
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon May 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Location: Texas

Ranch ramblings:

We almost always have turkey vultures cruising overhead around looking for a meal. My wife had one hit her windshield - she was doing about 65 mph and the wind was blowing about 20-25 mph (not unusual around here.) The TV was on road kill on the side of the road and it completely misjudged the time it needed to fly away from the closing vehicle. The windshield shattered and she got some minor glass cuts on her face. Seeing a TV as road kill isn't unusual.

I received a head's up from our county extension agent about black vultures - they have been known to kill lambs and kids, sheep and goats are everywhere around here. If one is being a pest you have to apply to some Fed agency for a permit to kill it as it's a protected species.
John
JJ Ranch
Texas Hill Country
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