Buzzard’s Nest at Buzzard Roost
Adult buzzards return to yard and conduct their mating dance in the black locust trees.
Eventually we fashion them a back stall with a door for them, and they used it.
Mom guards the eggs
Dad guards the door
Finally the eggs hatch.
Even buzzard chicks are cute
Babys buzzards hang out in the nest for the first couple on months
Then they begin exploring the barn, climbing up on the tractor
They find the roof when ready to fly
Buzzards fledge after four months
Buzzards were observed nesting in our barn between 2001-2005. No telling how long they had been there. The place had been abandon some time. We moved permanently in 2005, and this is when we got most of the photographs. The Buzzards returned in 2006, and laid their eggs, but one never hatched and the other was sickly. Perhaps he caught a virus from our chickens? He died, and the buzzard clan had a funeral.
Today the barnyard is a buzzard no fly zone compliments of our new dogs.
Turkey buzzards still nest in our tobacco barn down in the bottomland.
I am not sure where the black buzzards nest now. They are still around, I see them in their tree.