Out to get me
On a recent local flight I was taxiing out to the runway about to get on Alpha when I noticed a rather large creature on the taxiway ahead of me. I slowed and as I approached it I saw that it was a turkey buzzard. He (?) waited until I got fairly close before he took off, full grown their wing span can easily be 5-6 feet across. I let the tower know it was in the vicinity. After flying for about 45 minutes I returned to the airport. I was turning base to final when two large red tailed hawks flashed under my left wing, I then saw a turkey buzzard just off the final approach course. All of these birds were well positioned for "close" encounters on the regular pattern courses, between 300 and 400 AGL. I again let the tower know that we had more birds.