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Steve Stell

Doswell, VA, United States


The nest site was on the ground within a hollow at the base of a large (living) red oak tree. This oak was located in deep mature woods at the edge of a sharp drop/cliff along a small river. The ‘nest’ contained no nesting material. This photo,taken on April 15, 2015, shows the first of two eggs (approximately 3.5-4 inches long; note the size of oak leaves in the photo). I carefully revisited the nest on June 29, 2015 and there were two chicken-sized black vulture chicks with dirty white down feathers. I could smell the stench of the nest site about 75 feet away from the nest. The adults were not present during either visit.


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Species: Black Vulture

Black Vulture Nest With 1st Of 2 Eggs

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3 responses to “Black Vulture nest with 1st of 2 eggs”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Very nice!

  2. Linda Weeks says:

    It’s very nice, alright! What are the odds of finding such a nest, and then later getting to see the baby vultures! Uh, not that I need to, but I’m glad somebody did!

  3. ZOE AHN says:

    Great photo! You’re very lucky to find a nest like that!

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