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We saw this bird in Ann Arbor, MI yesterday (24 September). Shortly after the picure was taken, it spread very wide wings and flew to the top of a nearby tree, so it is not as flightless as its appearance would lead one to suspect. Can anyone tell us what it is?IMG_0944.JPG.5ae8a43ef8844956cd36c24b16dacfa6.JPG

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This one has my attention. To be honest my first reaction was pigeon/Rock Dove but the Black Vulture suggestions made me wonder, although the legs look wrong.

Black Vultures are not even in my usual Ontario (a close Michigan neighbour) guides but there have been some sightings not too long ago.

 Looking at Ann Arbor there are some (mostly at the Detroit Zoo - how do these even appear in eBird?) but it would still be somewhat rare?

Intrigued to see if there any other suggestions.

 

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Thanks, all! Black vulture makes sense, and in discussing it with my wife (who saw the bird and snapped the picture), she seems to recall a featherless head, which would pretty much clinch it. Turkey vultures are fairly common around here, but like RobinHood, I'm puzzled by the location for a black. iBird shows the distribution far south of Michigan, though https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Vulture/id says " Black Vultures have substantially increased their range northward in recent decades." Has anyone else seen them this far north?

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23 hours ago, RobinHood said:

Looking at Ann Arbor there are some (mostly at the Detroit Zoo - how do these even appear in eBird?) but it would still be somewhat rare?

Are they reports of captive birds in enclosures at the zoo? If so, someone is using eBird wrong. If it's considered rare there, the reviewer should have caught that.  But it's also common to report the wild birds outdoors that aren't part of the zoo collection, since a zoo is basically a big park/garden.

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16 hours ago, Kerri said:

What about juvenile Turkey Vulture?  They have a bald grey head. I see both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures here where I live and the Turkey Vultures always have that "fluffed" bronze back end that the bird in your photo appears to have. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Turkey_Vulture/id

Agreed. I'm not sure Turkey Vulture can be eliminated here, and Turkey seems much more likely than Black in MI.

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