Missouri Turkey Vultures

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Welcome to the Missouri Turkey Vultures! This nest is located in the top of a barn in Marshall, Missouri. Turkey vultures have only recently begun nesting again after an absence of several years. In 2021, they laid their first egg on April 18. Turkey Vulture channel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf0ODR6Laiid_g2IV0D9hog.

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About the Marshall Turkey Vultures

About the Turkey Vultures

The Marshall Turkey Vultures are nesting in an empty hay loft in a barn on private property near Marshall, MO. In general, vultures arrive in late March or early April and lay eggs in early May. Hatch begins about 28 days after the second egg is laid. Both parents incubate eggs and brood young.

Vultures eat primarily carrion. Although they prefer relatively fresh carrion, they are unable to tear carcasses open, which means they must wait until a carcass putrefies or is opened by mammals or larger vultures. This may be why they have been documented following bald eagles and black vultures.

Adult Turkey Vultures regurgitate food for their young, who fledge roughly sixty days after hatching. To learn more about turkey vultures in general, please follow this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.

Adults

We will have more information after the adults return. Although vultures are classified as a member of the order  Accipitriformes, and so related to hawks, eagles, and falcons, males and female birds are similar in size and lack the strong feet and talons of most Accipitriforme birds.

Nests

Turkey vultures lay eggs in dark, quiet recesses, including rock outcrops, mammal burrows, hollow logs, thickets, hollow trees, abandoned stick nests, and abandoned buildings. Nest sites must be dark and isolated from human disturbance.

Quick facts
Common name: Turkey vulture
Scientific name: Cathartes aura
Both Sexes
Length: 25.2-31.9 in (64-81 cm) | Weight: 70.5 oz (2000 g)
Wingspan: 66.9-70.1 in (170-178 cm)
Lifespan: 20+ years in the wild. The oldest known turkey vulture, Tolouse, is 38 years old, and lives at the San Francisco Zoo.

Turkey Vulture Vocalization
This vocalization was taken from our cam in 2013. It includes two young vultures food begging and chasing a parent.

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April 12, 2021: DN13 back, DN14 front

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week Three

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week three in this blog. DN13 and DN14 are 18 and 16 days old. During week two (seven to 14 days), the

April 5, 2021: DN13, left and DN14, right

Eaglet Growth and Development, Week Two

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week two in this blog. In their second week of development, the eaglets will gain roughly two pounds, experience rapid growth in

March 26, 2021: DN13 eats breakfast!

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week One

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week one in this blog. What can we expect in the first week following hatching? Like humans, growing eaglets have developmental milestones.

March 10, 2021: Zooey from the back

How do we know falcon Zooey’s age?

How do we know that falcon Zooey is two years old? Peregrine falcons have two distinct age-related plumages: juvenile and adult. Juvenile falcons have heavily barred underparts and brownish topsides (“brown birds”), mature falcons have pale undersides with black-barred bellies and blue/slate topsides (“blue meanies”), and two-year-old falcons like Zooey have a mix of adult and juvenile feathers. I love this stage! Tail Feathers (Retrices) Like all peregrine falcons, Zooey has twelve tailfeathers that are numbered one to six from

Hatch Watch 2021!

Tik-tok hatch clock! We’re on hatch watch at Decorah North!

We are on hatch watch at Decorah North! While both eaglets still have open body cavities, most of their major morphological changes are done. At this point: Their eyelids still need to close all the way. Their eyes are growing into their sockets, more or less. Eaglets often have big bulgy ‘blueberry eyes’ when they hatch. Their eyes settle into their sockets during the first few days after hatch. Natal down is growing from feather germs. The chicks are squirming

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Fledgling falcon Chance

Mega nestflix and your questions answered at Great Spirit Bluff, Decorah north, and the Flyway!

From Chance’s first few falcon flights through family portraits at Decorah North and extremely cool water birds on the Mississippi Flyway, we have your mega-Nestflix roll – along with information about plumage, juvenile hunting skills, those plants at the North nest, and a really cute duckling. A thousand thanks to our camera operators and videomakers for catching and sharing these special moments with us. I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I did! Great Spirit Bluff July 20,

June 20, 2021: Mom near N1

Hello, Mom! NestFlix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Mississippi River Flyway

We have NestFlix from Decorah North, Decorah, and the Mississippi Flyway. At Decorah North, DN13 and DN14 show off their newly gained flight skills and squabble over UFO jerky, a deer and her fawns cool off in the stream, and somebirdy fails to stick the landing! In Decorah, Mom keeps us guessing – is she reconsidering her move, or just taking a break from the family? either way, it was great to see and hear her again! The Mississippi Flyway

March 13, 2020: A stunningly beautiful young eagle forages in shallow water.

Enacting lead-free ammo and tackle requirements on National Wildlife Refuges

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open seven National Wildlife Refuges to hunting and sport fishing, expand hunting at 83 other NWRs, add regulations that pertain to hunting and fishing, and reduce the regulatory burden on the public (which I interpret as ‘develop a uniform set of regulations where possible’). The proposed regulations may set hunting and fishing seasons, bag or creel limits, methods of hunting and sport fishing, and areas open to hunting and sport fishing.

2021 Fledge Fundraiser Announcement

Join us for our annual fledge fundraiser!

The Raptor Resource Project will be holding our annual Fledge Fundraiser on Saturday, June 26th! We’ll be celebrating fledglings at Decorah North and Decorah and soon-to-be fledgling Chance (the raptor) at Great Spirit Bluff! You can join us for chat on the Decorah North page, the Decorah Eagles page, and for a QA thread over on our Facebook page! Your donation helps sustain the Raptor Resource Project and all of our nests: the Decorah eagles, the Decorah North eagles, the

June 22, 2021: DN13 and DN14 relax in the North Nest hammock

NestFlix from Decorah North and GSB

We have your NestFlix! At Decorah North, DN13 and DN14 do the Eagle Stomp, continue their flight lessons, and play in the stream. At GSB, nestling falcon Chance sports a cropzilla (Zooey has clearly learned the ins and outs of feeding!) and works on her adult vocalizations as she keks at and tracks something we can’t see. We apologize for the May/June hiatus, although we have some wonderful news! We have banded 79 falcons so far: our best and busiest

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Nest Records
Turkey Vulture 2021 Nest Records

Egg-Laying
First egg: April 18 at about 10:56 PM
Second egg: Either late on April 20 or early on April 21

Hatching
MTV1 hatched on April 26 @ around 5:00 AM CDT
MTV2 hatched on April 27 @ around 1:00 PM CDT

Fledging

Vultures and Outcomes >> Detailed Annual Information

Year Nest  Chicks Known Outcomes
2021 Marshall Turkey Vultures MOTV1, MOTV2 The vultures laid two eggs and produced two chicks.
Videos

Missouri Turkey Vulture Video Playlist

Click the icon on the top left of the stream to view a full list of videos from our playlist, or visit our playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RaptorResourceProject