I too went back through Bluewing as well as CBL, and repeat sightings of 2 BLVU 
in Broome followed the 7, as were sightings of 2 in Cayuga Basin, several times 
through March and early April.  Then I can find no sightings (although I didn’t 
check ebird) until late summer, when they started being seen around the Compost 
(1 and 2 at a time). 

Wonder if some tracking through lists and eBird could suggest where a pair 
could have bred not far from the purview of both lists and within a day’s sail 
of the compost.   I COULD check the Breeding Bird Altas…if I weren’t going to 
sail down to Binghamton for a few hours.

anne

Anne B Clark
147 Hile School Rd
Freeville, NY 13068
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> On Dec 28, 2017, at 9:59 AM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> We had 7 Black Vultures in Vestal NY last spring just south of Binghamton 
> which was a record high for Broome County. We also had another bird reported 
> in the spring in Chenango Bridge NY. 
> I also heard from the Chemung Valley folks that they had 8 BVs this spring a 
> new record for them as well. Who knows in 10 years they may be regular in 
> central NY. TVs were rare at one point many decades ago and they have made a 
> remarkable expansion north. It would be cool to see both regularly up here!  
> 
> On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 9:33 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu 
> <mailto:k...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
> Maybe. They do breed in the state and have become more common over the last 
> few years.
> 
> Kevin
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: bounce-122158375-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:bounce-122158375-3493...@list.cornell.edu> 
> <bounce-122158375-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:bounce-122158375-3493...@list.cornell.edu>> on behalf of psaracin 
> <psara...@rochester.rr.com <mailto:psara...@rochester.rr.com>>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 5:24 PM
> To: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures
>  
> Hi Kevin. Is the vultures' presence a sign of their creeping advance into the 
> state?
> Thanks.
> Pete
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <k...@cornell.edu <mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>
> Date: 12/27/17 3:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures
> 
> Yesterday I got a good look at the four Black Vultures that have been hanging 
> around. They were sitting together on one of the compost piles at the Cornell 
> facility on Stevenson Road. Two of the four had very black faces and feathers 
> higher up on the back of the head, indicating that they are young birds 
> hatched this year. The other two had gray, wrinkled faces of adults.
> 
>  
> I saw both juveniles interact with an adult, pecking at each other’s bill in 
> what looked like an “affectionate” way. (We use the term “affiliative 
> behavior” for things like grooming and other positive interactions.) They may 
> have done some brief allopreening, but I couldn’t tell for sure.
> 
>  
> Black Vultures are known to have a complex social system where they associate 
> and cooperate with kin. Young Black Vultures are known to hang out with their 
> parents up until the next breeding season.
> 
>  
> I suspect this group is a mated pair with two offspring. That would explain 
> why we always see the four together.
> 
>  
> Also present was the leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been seen off and on 
> for a number of years.
> 
>  
> I have photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41325840 
> <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41325840>.
> 
>  
> Kevin
> 
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