As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Rare albino turkey vulture found in Stuart

May 13, 2018

STUART-Brenda Bowman figures her granddaughter’s got a leg up on her: 11-year-old Kylee Tyson is seeing something her grandmother is only seeing at the age of 63.

It was an albino turkey vulture, something even an expert has only heard about three times.

They saw it on April 29, when “my granddaughter and I went out to take an evening stroll. Kylee is the one who spotted it,” Bowman said. They live in Patrick County between Stuart and the state line.

“There were other vultures after it — 10 to 14. I think they were trying to kill it,” she said.

The large white bird “circled around and landed on the tractor shed. It was pretty smart,” she said. “It walked along the tractor roof and hid itself under a tree from the other vultures.”

She got her binoculars to get a closer look at what she had thought was a hawk. She saw it looked like a vulture.

She and Kylee “waited a while, then we walked on toward the tractor shed, trying to scare the black vultures off.”

The white vulture flew away after the black ones had left, she said. It flew to the back of her property toward a creek.

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