posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 09:26 AM
Okay, folks **I AM AN AMATEUR BIRDER WHO LIVES IN TEXAS***
This is NOT unusual behavior.
In fact, it's not an unusual number of buzzards, particularly for Texas.
They'll spiral and circle
in an area with no food if it has good updrafts (they've been at the Vehicle Assembly Building in Cape Canaveral forever because it's a lovely high
perch and the parking lots provide good updrafts. They are not waiting for dying government employees.)
All birders are aware that buzzards can easily be spotted around the cities and around parks
-- no, (and PLEASE pay attention all of you
"end timers") it's not a sign of the coming apocalypse or battle or anything.
Cities have cars. Cities have pets and wildlife. Cars hit pets and wildlife. Cities are great places for buzzards to hang out since there's lots
of nice nesting places and also landfills and garbage to eat as well as some small wildlife and rotting plant material.
There's nothing Biblical about it and everything BIOLOGICAL about it.
By the way, these are vultures that we have here in Texas; not buzzards. Buzzards belong to the genus, Buteo, which includes the hawks and the
We do get the turkey vulture here in Texas -- judging from their behavior, that's what you saw. These birds will roost together in flocks and will
hunt together as well. You can get a rather large flock of them (I've seen 40 or so individuals in an area.
There were probably some black vultures in the group as well, though they don't do as much flocking:
If there are vultures in the area, you can *call* them to you. Just start singing your favorite song (something with a beat... words don't matter)
at the top of your lungs. They apparently associate that sort of sound with "something is dying" and quite a few of them will show up to circle
around your head. It's really rather funny.
[edit on 25-3-2005 by Byrd]