Re: Birding chicken factories

Subject: Re: Birding chicken factories
From: (Jim Hengeveld)
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 13:50:32 -0500
Hi David & others:

>The worderful new (Spring 1997) catalogue oops catalog from the
>America Birding Assoc includes the following item under Birding
>Birder's Guide to Kingsville-Kleberg County, Paul C. Palmer
>Guide to nine birding locations plus the chicken factories (for
>Anyone been Kingsville-Kleberg County and know what this is
>about? Perhaps they throw out the carcasses of dead chooks for the
>BOPs?  or they have free range chooks that are preyed on by BOPs?

I have not personally been there but I believe this refers to one
or more chicken-processing plants (Tyson or Perdu) located west of
State Road 77 in Kleberg County.  Crested Caracaras in particular
(in addition to Black & Turkey Vultures) are attracted to the
waste from the plant(s).  This is also a good area for White-tailed
and Harris' Hawks in addition to the ubiquitous Red-t. Hawks.


James D. Hengeveld, PhD                 Biology Dept.
Bloomington, Indiana  47405             Indiana University
812:  855-5353

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