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  1. Tohid
    July 1, 2021 @ 4:01 am

    Very interesting and informative article.
    Thank you

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  2. Jody Inchausti
    July 2, 2021 @ 3:19 pm

    I enjoyed this informative and well-written article very much!

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  3. Crystal Scott
    August 18, 2021 @ 8:09 pm

    There is a huge sycamore tree across the street, and every evening up to 30 turkey vultures come in to roost. My neighbor and I watch them land, and then leave again in the morning. Across the highway, another huge venue roosts on a cell phone tower every night. I really enjoy observing them. I was surprised to see that although there are lots of feathers beneath the tree, there’s no poop. The guy who owns the tree parks his car under it, and it stays clean.
    I’m in southern New Mexico.

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    • Dee
      October 8, 2023 @ 1:06 pm

      Turkey vultures nested in my tree all summer but as of two days ago they’ve stopped coming. Why is this?

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  4. Michael
    December 8, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

    I enjoyed your article, but I noticed a error. The North American Vultures are more closely related to Storks,
    due to their olfactory sense or sense of smell. The old world Vultures are truly more related to hawks in North America.

    Please share your thoughts on this.

    Michael L.

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    • Erin Chin
      December 8, 2021 @ 10:41 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment! I did some digging and yes, old world vultures are closely related to hawks you’re right, but so are new world vultures. In 2008 a study using molecular characters determined that (Cathartidae- new world vultures) are now being included in the order Accipitriformes. I’ll correct the paragraph in the post.

      References:
      websites: tolweb.org and opentreeoflife.org
      study referenced by tolweb.org concerning the phylogenetic change: Hackett, S. J., Kimball, R. T., Reddy, S., Bowie, R. C. K., Braun, E. L., Braun, M. J., Chojnowski, J. L., Cox, W. A., Han, K.-L., Harshman, J., Huddleston, C. J., Marks, B. D., Miglia, K. J., Moore, W. A., Sheldon, F. H., Steadman, D. W., Witt, C. C., and Yuri, T. 2008. A phylogenomic study of birds reveals their evolutionary history. Science 320(5884):1763-1768.

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  5. Michael
    December 8, 2021 @ 11:12 pm

    Thank you, and it was still a great article.Thanks for
    clarifying. I’ve seen Turkey Vultures soaring on Long Island, NY.

    Regards,
    Michael L.

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  6. Michael
    December 8, 2021 @ 11:24 pm

    Also, a point of interest. I noticed your tim zone is about 5 hours later! I was curious where that could be?
    Please share.

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    • Erin Chin
      December 8, 2021 @ 11:33 pm

      Haha, yeah, I just noticed that myself! I’ve never really paid attention to it before. I’ll have to go in and change it back to PST. Thanks for catching that! 🙂

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  7. Michael
    December 8, 2021 @ 3:45 pm

    Also, are Storks still related to hawks, by taxonomy?
    I can’t seen to find any info on that.
    Please let me know if you have any info on that.

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