Cleveland Metroparks' naturalist Bob Hinkle reports the first "official" turkey vulture (a.k.a., "buzzard")was seen at 8:28 a.m. at the agency's Hinkley Reservation in Medina County.
The park is the site of the internationally known Buzzard Roost where turkey vultures have for generations flocked to the site. The birds have been returning ever since, highlighted annually by the Cleveland Metroparks March 15 Buzzard Watch.
Hinkle said this morning's watch attracted about 100 spectators who came and went with about 50 folks being there when the single bird was sighted.
Several minutes later another vulture was seen, Hinkle said.
"We also saw a coyote hunting in the field so it's been a great nature watch today," Hinkle said.
Of course, many people have seen vultures for the past few weeks but Cleveland Metroparks humorously note that those are "unofficial" sightings. Only when Hinkle puts his stamp of approval does it become official.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn