Near Pinnacle in Surry County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Common High Flyers of Pilot Mountain
Can you identify any of them?
(Buteo jamaicensis) height 18-25 inches, wingspan 4 feet. A large stocky hawk with broad wings and a broad, rounded tail in silhouette. Adults have a rusty red tail. Red-tailed hawks are predators and feed mainly on small mammals.
(Cathartes aura) height 26-32 inches, wingspan up to 6 feet. More common than black vultures, look for the long rectangular tail. Their V-shaped silhouette makes them easy to identify from a distance. Vultures have no feathers on their heads, an adaptation for feeding on carrion.
(Coragyps atratus) height 22-26 inches, wing-span 4½-5 feet. Black Vultures are somewhat smaller than the turkey vulture with short square tails. Often seen mixed in with larger groups of turkey vultures.
(Corvus corax) height 21-26 inches, wingspan 4-4½ feet. The common raven has a distinctive wedge-shaped tail and is much larger than the crow. In flight ravens hold their wings straight and alternate between flapping and gliding. Ravens are scavengers that will also eat garbage.
Erected 2010 by North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation.
Location. 36° 20.4′ N, 80° 28.836′ W. Marker is near Pinnacle, North Carolina, in Surry County. Marker is on Pilot Knob Park Road 2.4 miles west of Pilot Mountain Parkway (U.S. 52) when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC 27043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prescribed Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pilot Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bean Shoals Canal (approx. 2.8 miles away); Reeves Homeplace (approx. 5.7 miles away); Richmond Hill (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond Hill (approx. 8.9 miles Wright Court House Site 1771-1774 / Richmond Court House Site 1774-1789 (approx. 9.1 miles away); Richmond Pearson (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pinnacle.
Also see . . . Pilot Mountain State Park. N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation (Submitted on October 1, 2014.)
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