Vultures have red featherless heads, curved whitish beaks,
six foot wingspans, and eat carrion (dead and decaying flesh). You will
often see them roosting in groups and during the fall migration, around
October, scores will fly overhead in a southerly direction. Kern County
has a Turkey
Vulture Festival in late September.
When not searching for food, they spend hours sunning themselves, holding their huge wings out like a vampire's shroud. They roost in the taller oak trees just west of the picnic area or spend a lazy morning sunning themselves while sitting on the big sycamore tree in the middle of the alkali meadow.
To distinguish them from hawks while flying is not always easy, but here's a few tips.