Turkey vulture at work

Mike McIlvain shares that he recently spotted this turkey vulture cleaning up a deer carcass in the Esko area:

Because of size limitations on the web, the turkey vulture might be a bit hard to spot in this second picture. It appears to have just taken off:

Mike also reports a bald eagle couple has returned to their nest south of Twig, with one sitting on the nest and the other keeping watch from two trees over. This is the sixth year they have been there, Mike writes.

More of Mike’s discoveries: A northern shrike on a power line on Tuesday; and on March 30, while geocaching with his family, a pair of trumpeter swans on the Cloquet River off of Independence Road.

Seems like geocaching and birding would fit together well.

Your bird pictures and stories joyfully received at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.