Recollecting the few birds that stayed over last winter, have there been any TUVU sightings above the rim this season?
Yes, there have been several reports in November and December from Kachina/Mountainaire and Lake Mary Road. Ron and Glo saw one out East at the golf course last weekend. I saw one near Kachina on Monday December 23rd. I don’t think I’ve seen more than two at a time this year.Recollecting the few birds that stayed over last winter, have there been any TUVU sightings above the rim this season?
Did the elk used to go to lower elevations in the winter? I still see new roadkills every now and then and perhaps there are more successful hunters (and therefore gut piles) at higher elevation in November and December? Maybe there are enough to support a few vultures without much competition.I wonder what they live on up there and why they prefer it to the warmer lowlands. It must be enough to mitigate the increased energy requirements of the low temps.