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A turkey vulture glides over downtown Marion Monday evening, getting ready to spend the night on the town's water tower or nearby trees.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Some of the about 70 turkey vultures that roosted on Marion's water tower Monday evening.
Turkey vultures rest on a rail around Marion's water tower. Up to 200 of the birds have been counted roosting near the town's high school and downtown.
A turkey vulture soars over Marion, preparing to roost on the town's water tower for the evening.
Biologists think vultures are probably attracted to Marion's water tower because its height makes it easier for the birds to soar away in the morning.
Marion's water tower draws large numbers of turkey vultures in the spring.
Turkey vultures line the rail around the Marion water tower, which they use for roosting because of its height.
Oggie Ogden, of Marion, shows a picnic table where about a dozen vultures escaped an ice storm, leaving the table dotted with droppings.
Turkey vultures line the rail around the Marion water tower, which they use for roosting because of its height,
Oggie Ogden is a Marion resident not fond of the turkey vultures that often roost in his yard. They litter his walkways with droppings and feathers.
Oggie Ogden claps and yells to spook turkey vultures, which have made a mess of his yard.
Turkey vultures line a support around the Marion water tower, which they use for roosting because of its height
Marion resident Oggie Ogden points to where turkey vultures sometimes roost in his yard.
Some of about 70 turkey vultures that roosted on the Marion water tower Monday evening.
Families enter a school building near the water tower that annually hosts turkey vultures.
As well as the town's water tower, vultures in Marion roost in several kinds of tall trees.
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