FORT EDWARD — Turkey vultures are common around this neck of the woods, but black vultures are not.
So Fred Wehner was a little surprised to see three eating a deer carcass at the Washington County Grasslands in Fort Edward.
Wehner, who manages a popular local Facebook page called, "Fort Edward Magazine," posted the photos on January 9. In a Facebook message he told me he had seen black vultures last November sitting on top of a farm silo near the Durkeetown Church, but otherwise they're pretty rare.
Black vultures are usually southern state residents, according to Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. A range map shows the birds residing as far north as southern Pennsylvania.
They're a little more grouchy appearing and sounding, too, than turkey vultures. They usually make hissing and grunting noises because they lack a voice box, according to Cornell.
— Gwendolyn Craig