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First Confirmed Nesting of Black Vulture in Connecticut
Photos © Jim Zipp
Black Vulture has been an increasing member of the Connecticut Avian community for quite some time. The number of sightings of this species and the number of individuals seen has been increasing since the 1980's as this species has steadily expanded its range in the northeast. Though long suspected of nesting within the state's borders confirmation of nesting has eluded the ornithological community, until now. On the 6th of April, 2002 the first Connecticut Black Vulture nest was confirmed in Kent, which has long been the hub of BV sightings in our state. Pat and Patrick Redmond discovered the nest while rock climbing and the nest, eggs, and the cave within which the nest resides were photographed by Jim Zipp. Here is the photographic evidence that confirms BV nesting in Connecticut.
The cave holding the first confirmed Black Vulture nest in Connecticut.
Eggs and nest found April 6, 2002 and photographed April 13, 2002. This nesting confirmation followed shortly on the heels of the first documented copulation of this species in Connecticut. The mating event was observed and recorded by Mark Szantyr.
The first Black Vulture eggs found in Connecticut.
The eggs were observed hatching on May 4th, 2002 by Pat Redmond.
On July 16th, 2002 Jim Zipp photographed one of the young Black Vultures.
The first documented Connecticut Black Vulture fledgling.