Vulture Fall Migration 2013
Crazy numbers of Turkey Vultures are gathered at Devil’s Lake State Park right now as they rest up for their annual trip to South America. While we have a good number of vultures who spend their summers at the park, it’s nothing like this! If you’ve never seen this amazing airshow at Devil’s Lake, now’s the time. From what we’ve seen, you can expect to see hundreds of vultures in the sky over the lake this year. Although you will see good numbers of the large, black birds throughout the day, the best times to watch is early morning and just before sunset. The best place to watch, is from the north shore beach area. Keep in mind that the vultures are very shy creatures and will be scared off by human activity and noise. It’s best to simply bring a chair, sit quietly and let them forget you are there. If you find vultures roosting in trees, just walk away and let them rest.. they need to save their energy for the long trip!
Now, we can’t tell you how long they will remain. Usually the vultures stay for a few days to a week or so before heading out to continue their trip. One day they’re here, the next they’re gone. The vultures do not register their flight plans with park staff!! It’s a guessing game.
Did you know?? Circling vultures do not necessarily indicate the presence of “dead things”. When circling above, the vulture may be gaining altitude for long flights, searching for food, or simply playing.