Ok I need some help here. Recently some fairly large birds have been observed in our quiet semi-suburban neighborhood. Now for those of you who don’t live in the big city you are probably thinking what’s he on about. I’ll explain: our section of Philadelphia is close to the border of the city. It’s only about two miles and you are out of Philly. Once you cross the northern border of the city it get’s pretty rural fast. Twenty minutes drive and you wouldn’t even know you were anywhere near a big city. I like that. But even so where we live isn’t what you would call the sticks.
So a couple of weeks ago when we saw this monster bird on our neighbors awning it caused quite a stir. Luckily we got some pretty good shots of it. Pretty ugly thing. As close as we can tell it’s a turkey buzzard (according to the boy and Fireboat John’s handbook of Pennsylvania birds). This bird is about 3 & 1/2 feet long. It’s crazy because having lived in this area my whole life I have NEVER witnessed birds this big around here let alone having them sit around for pictures. That brings me to case number two. Observe exhibit B:
When the boy and I came home from Cabelas the other day (road trip, yeah!) this bird was on my next door neighbors front lawn. It just sat there watching us so again we got the camera and got some pretty good pictures. The whole time it was sitting there without a care in the world and we couldn’t figure out why. I thought it may have been hurt. But we later discovered why. Exhibit C:
The bird killed a squirrel (allegedly) and was watching over it. We may have interrupted the crime and didn’t realize it. The boy was so excited he had to run over and get Wyatt’s boys (no chance an eleven year old boy is keeping THIS a secret) who thought the whole thing was cool as well. This bird eventually left without his lunch, but we think it came back later and snatched the body because no one saw it being retrieved. It just vanished! Poof! So here is the $64,000 question: What kind of birds are these? I think the first one is a turkey buzzard. It kind of checks out in the book. My guess for the second one is an EAGLE! I’m not a bird specialist but that’s my call. I’m no ornithologist but I bet some of you are. How about clearing this mystery up. Also why would these large birds be so near the city? I’m pretty curious about this and any help would be appreciated.