by C Lily
(Vacaville, CA)

We have had a very large 10-15' wing span fly low over our neighborhood. It is a raptor because of the feathers on the edges of the wing. It is totally black underneath and it has an orange beak. I live in Vacaville Ca, half way between Sacramento & San Fransico. I have searched for the bird in books & on line. We know the wing span because it flew over the sidewalk & we could count the number of sections it's wings covered. I saw it the other day , this is the third sighting. The farm land starts about 1/2 to 1 mile from my house. This is the biggest bird I have ever seen.& I have lived in Iceland & around the USA. Thank you for your help.

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Oct 15, 2014
Identify this bird
by: AnonymousC Lily

I tried the web site & the site is not there. The bird we are seeing is totally black underneath & has only an orange beak not head. I looked up condors, the juvenile has a feathered head but has gray under its wings not white. Hopefully someday I will be able to get a picture of it. But we see it so infrequently, it will. Be a miracle to get it. Many people in the neighborhood have seen this bird, come to think of it we only see this bird in the spring or fall. Maybe it is migrating after all the Suisun marsh is 10 miles away. And we do get ducks, geese and other birds flying overhead

Oct 12, 2014
by: Brook

Hi C.

that web address in full would be:


Oct 12, 2014
by: Brook

Dear C.

The largest flying bird in NA is the California Condor which has an orange beak. For more information on it you can visit AllAboutBirds.com, BirdFellow.com or Google tle Ca Condor Just for your interest check out the website:

May this experience insight an interest in bird identification,

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