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Hanging Rock's High Flyers

Hanging Rock State Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
1. Hanging Rock's High Flyers Marker
Inscription. Look! Up in the air! Itís not Superman, but one of Hanging Rockís high flyers. Chances are if you look carefully, you can spot a black bird flying high above. It could be a raven, a crow, or a vulture.

American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) have fan-shaped tails and flap their wings continuously in flight. With a wingspan of only 33 to 40 inches, they are much smaller than ravens or vultures. Their loud, somewhat annoying call caw caw is distinctive and easy to imitate. A family group of two to ten birds usually occupies the same territory from year to year.

The Common Raven (Corvus corvax) has a wingspan of 46 to 55 inches and is much larger than a crow. In flight, ravens hold their wings straight and alternated between flapping and gliding. The ravenís wedge-shaped tail is distinctive. Although not lyrical like a wren, the husky-voiced raven has about 30 different calls and is the largest songbird in North America.

Vultures are the champions of soaring at Hanging Rock. They can remain aloft for hours without flapping their wings, simply by riding thermals of warm air.

With a wingspan of 55 to 63 inches, Black Vultures (Corabyps atratus) are the smallest American vulture, but still larger than ravens. Black vultures have light-colored
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By Don Morfe, August 21, 2014
2. Hanging Rock's High Flyers Marker
wing tips and short square tails.

Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura), more common than black vultures, have long rectangular tails and a wingspan of 63 to 71 inches. From a distance, their V-shaped silhouettes distinguish them from other large birds of prey. Overhead, their dark wings appear two-toned with pale outside edges. Both vultures can be seen soaring and feeding together.

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American Crow; Common Raven; Turkey Vulture; Black Vulture
 
Erected by North Carolina State Parks.
 
Location. 36° 23.7′ N, 80° 16.002′ W. Marker is in Walnut Cove, North Carolina, in Stokes County. Marker can be reached from Hanging Rock Park Road 2 miles south of Moores Spring Road (County Route 1001), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on the balcony of Hanging Rock State Park Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Walnut Cove NC 27052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountains Away From The Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Summertime and Life Goes On (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock of Ages (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis David von Schweinitz (approx. 2.5 miles away); Moody Tavern (approx. 3.5 miles away); Stokes County Troops C.S.A (approx. 3.5 miles away); Stokes County World War I Monument (approx. 3.5 miles away); Stonemanís Raid (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Cove.
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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