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Near Pinnacle in Surry County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Common High Flyers of Pilot Mountain

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
1. Common High Flyers of Pilot Mountain Marker
Inscription. Look up, out, or down and you are likely to see some of these high flyers soaring around here at Pilot Mountain State Park.

Can you identify any of them?

Red-tailed Hawk
(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.

Turkey Vulture
(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.

Black Vulture
(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.

Common Raven
(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.

American Crow
(Corvus
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By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
2. Common High Flyers of Pilot Mountain Marker
brachrhynchos) height 16-21 inches, wingspan 2½-3½ feet. The crow has a fan shaped tailed and is seldom seen near the summit area. Another identification hint is its distinctive call of “caw-caw”. Crows are opportunistic feeders, eating almost anything including insects, small reptiles, fruits, seeds, nuts, and even trash.
 
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
View from the summit of Pilot Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
3. View from the summit of Pilot Mountain
away); 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.) 
 
Categories. Animals
 
View from the summit of Pilot Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
4. View from the summit of Pilot Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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