Sunday, March 27, 2011

Big Birds

Turkey vulture on rooftop at Floyd Bennett Field

Turkey vulture at Floyd Bennett Field

We thought the big soaring birds above the community garden might be a pair of hawks, but after following them and watching them land we discovered they were actually vultures. I didn't know that Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura)soared so gracefully in the sky, but apparently they ride the wind and thermals, barely flapping their wings. Still a hawk sighting would have been more exciting. We're hoping the hawks will help reduce the rat population at Floyd Bennett field, which was high and quite destructive in the garden last year.


frank@nycg said...

I hear of rats at the beach farm, although have never seen one, nor have I found any evidence of one. But we're in the center of a field, no shrubbery for them to hide in. The 'rats' were the reason they got rid of the compost pile, although now its back in a less useful form (three small bins).

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Definitely rats were seen at FBGA last year, brazenly crawling into gardens when people were hanging out in them and for sure something ate all my late season carrots. I'm hoping it won't carry over into this year though. Glad to hear your rowcover held up in the snow and sleet.

Anonymous said...

Hawks will never reduce the rat population...only felines can assist in this and make a difference. Vultures are common on the field at Floyd fact you can tell they are vultures by the way they circle as they search for small rodents, kittens, squirrels and other small critters. Great shots of them good for you!

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Thanks Hulojimo. We were hoping for hawks though. See you down there next weekend.