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White-tailed Deer, Turkey Vultures, and Western Grebes were among the animals and birds that I was watching in the past few days here in my greater community and on the lake where I live.  We have a rather large flock of Vultures that lives in the more undeveloped woodland area of our community here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.  These big birds roost together in large pine and hemlock trees in a sparsely developed neighborhood that borders a wildlife management area.  I also came upon three Deer when on a drive to that same forested area of the community.  The Western Grebes are a mystery to me.  I think that these water birds are out of place but I do welcome seeing them.  At first, I was confused as to what kind of bird these were.  I wondered if they were a Yellow Billed Loon, or some type of Cormorant.  Upon reading on the Internet, I have come to believe that no, they are not Loons, and they are not Cormorants, and they are not even Clark’s Grebes.  I believe them to be Western Grebes.  The Western Grebe lives in areas in the Western U.S. and generally is seldom seen here in Cumberland County.   I have been happy to see all of these unique animals and birds!  I took all of these pictures on 12/8/10 and 12/9/10.  By the way, I have been trying out a new camera.  I took the pictures of the Vultures with a Panasonic Lumix FZ40 Model point and shoot digital camera with zoom.  That little camera will be my “Keep it in the car” camera for times when I come across animals or memorable sights while out on drives.  A side note, I am seeing several new and different waterbirds here on the lake in the last several days.  I’ll be posting the pictures here soon.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "White-Tailed Deer, Turkey Vultures, and Western Grebes" (6)

  1. With your love for the wild critters, the place where you live is perfect! I always enjoy your posts so much for your enthusiasm and to see the enjoyment that you get from the wild things!

  2. I have seen alot of deer around lately too, Linda. AND–the Turkey Buzzards must love this area of the country. We see them up here especially when we are hiking back into the undeveloped areas of the Glade. We see them–and also wild turkeys. BUT–neither ever seem to come out into the developed areas much. I can’t help you with your water birds –but they are pretty.


  3. Hi Betsy, I have been seeing a remarkable number of different waterfowl here so it is new to me. I also am driving around taking pictures in different areas of the community. Mostly though, I am concentrating on my shoreline here on the lake. Have a great day and stay warm. Bitterly cold weather and some snow may be on the way.

  4. The in-flight picture is lovely, and that deer is looking right at you!

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