Think that a Pitch Pine tree that dies in a controlled fire
is a sad thing? Think again. Dead trees provide important
destinations for our raptor and vulture friends. Turkey
vultures use the trees as gathering places to warm themselves
many mornings. Raptors such as hawks and falcons have been
spotted frequently using these trees as perching spots.
Dead trees provide a great way for Pine Bush visitors to
identify birds. The pitch pine trees in this picture are
on Blueberry Hill and show as many as 5 turkey vultures
on one tree!
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Published November/December 2005