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Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:52 am

On a hot Labor Day, 2018 morning five vultures buzz the Death Valley Airport at Furnace Creek avoiding the predatory eye of the Wiley Coyote.

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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Stincil » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:16 pm

Vultures sure get a bad rap. I like seeing them do their thing, whether it's soaring, picking at a carcass, or hanging at the airport.
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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:45 pm

Stincil wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:16 pm
Vultures sure get a bad rap.
Agreed and I really enjoyed watching them as I approached slowly. I had no idea vultures lives in Death Valley, let alone that they hang out around Furnace Creek until I took a horse trail ride behind Furnace Creek and the guide pointed them out. Here's a video about that experience:


I felt really lucky to see the five vultures on the west side of the airport in the lovely early morning light. I hope to run into them again soon and maybe at other locations in the park.
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Post by Stincil » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:08 am

What a fun ride.

I had a similar experience when a hummingbird showed up in the middle of DV wash down near Ibex Spring. It seemed like an odd place but there must have been a food source somewhere nearby.
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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:02 pm

Stincil wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:08 am
What a fun ride.

I had a similar experience when a hummingbird showed up in the middle of DV wash down near Ibex Spring. It seemed like an odd place but there must have a food source somewhere nearby.
OMG, hummers in Death Valley. I had no idea. I'll be on the lookout in the future.
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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by shane » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:36 pm

I’ve seen hummingbirds in both the Owlshead & Cottonwood mountains the last few years.

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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Stincil » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:07 pm

Nice. Any idea what they feed on? I will have to look that up.
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Post by Death Valley Dazed » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:49 pm

shane wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:36 pm
I’ve seen hummingbirds in both the Owlshead & Cottonwood mountains the last few years.
Now that would be a really cool image, a hummingbird in DV.
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Post by Randy O » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm

My wife and I saw one of those critters at the mouth of Scotty's Canyon near Ashford Mill a few years ago. It was sitting on a nest in a creosote bush. I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
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Post by Kauri » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:04 pm

Randy O wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm
My wife and I saw one of those critters at the mouth of Scotty's Canyon near Ashford Mill a few years ago. It was sitting on a nest in a creosote bush. I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
That's a very nice photo!
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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by MojaveGeek » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:57 am

Hummingbird nests are pretty awesome. And the eggs are about the size of my pinkie fingernail.

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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Randy O » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:30 pm

Thank you Kauri, my wife took that picture trying not to disturb her much.

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Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:57 pm

Randy O wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm
I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
Thanks for digging up that gorgeous image of the hummer in the nest. I've only discovered two nesting hummers in my entire life, let alone trying to find one in DV. Well now, I'm keeping my eye peeled for a third sighting.

On a side note, I was captivated by the huge orange dragonflies buzzing around the ridge between Dante's View and Mount Perry a few years ago.
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