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They're back... Turkey vultures make annual visit to Chinook

Alert "Journal" readers will recall a story I wrote back in 2017 about turkey vultures-the huge black birds often seen gliding over Chinook and its environs. I first noticed them a few years ago on the 'new water tower' in Chinook at the southeast corner of town. On a recent walk just before sundown I was in that area and saw a huge number of 'black dots' on the water tower from the railings around the tank to the lower beams and guy wires that stabilize the tower. Up close I counted about 20 of the scavengers peacefully perched on the tower.

Linda Sharples, who lives near the tower, was in he...