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Today in Ornithology

Vultures: Cathartidae

“Vultures are great blackish Eagle-like birds, usually seen soaring in wide circles high in the heavens. Their naked heads are so small for the size of the bird that at a great distance they sometimes appear to be almost headless. Hawks and Eagles have larger, well-proportioned heads.”

excerpted from A Field Guide to the Birds: Eastern Land and Water Birds
Roger Tory Pererson
Sponsored by the National Audubon Society
Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1934).

To A Skylark

Hail to thee, blithe spirit!
Bird though never wert –
That from heaven or near it
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of umpremeditated art.

Shelley

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