Krissy did it. Krissy made Google come up with the right answer. She asked the right question and got this site: Turkey Vultures.
Yes, those are the babies. And the site shows a picture of over a hundred soaring in one flock. Joan, are you as impressed as I? Makes my colony of twenty seem pretty puny.
Kern County, the location of the Turkey Vulture Counting project, is part of our central California valley. I think those hundred Turkey Vultures pictured were headed from Mexico to the Eucalyptus trees on my street.
No wonder the neighbors are complaining. They don't know they are a natural habitat for migrating Turkey Vultures.
Mice and gopher snakes of Merced, beware. Your days are numbered.
Question: how many mice can one hundred Turkey Vultures eat in one week?
P.S. The Turkey Vulture Watch people have counted as many as 30,000 Turkey Vultures over the San Joaquin Valley. That is thirty thousand.
P.P.S. One more comment about Turkey Vultures, and this should be my last. I thought they were Turkey Vultures because of what they ate. Not so. It is because their bald, featherless vulture heads resemble turkeys. They are named for what they look like, not what they eat.