I’ve noticed that many blogs post what they think will be the next 10 birds they’ll find in a certain area. And they usually rank them in the order they might be seen.
I wish I had made a ranking for Johnson County. I’ve been telling Mike for sometime the next species I’ll see in Johnson County will be a Black Vulture. I have seen sporadic reports on eBird of Black Vultures but we all know those must be taken with a grain of salt. But after Don Gorney told me he had seen one in Southern Shelby County I knew it was just a matter of time.
But it wasn’t easy. Since moving to the area in late 2012 I have counted 620 Turkey Vultures in Johnson County. And I bet I have looked at almost every one knowing that eventually one would be a Black Vulture.
And Wednesday it finally happened. We were supposed to go back to Illinois for the holiday but our plans fell through. Since I had already taken the day off I decided to head to Johnson County. And as luck had it I caught one in the distance flying with a Turkey Vulture west of Johnson County Park. It was distant but I did get some ID photos.
That makes just the 5th new species I’ve seen in Johnson County this year. It’s always good to add a new species to your main list. But we all know after a couple of years new species are hard to come by on your regular patch. I still have some species I should see even for a mainly water-less area.
I think I will make one of those next 10 lists!
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