An Elysian Heights resident living near Baxter and Alvardo streets snapped the above photo of the rather large and unusual bird that visited his hilly backyard earlier today and on Sunday. He wondered if it could it be a rare California Condor. “I wish i got a shot of it in flight … it was majestic,” he said via email. The bird pictured above does have the distinctive – and kind of ugly – bald, red head that are common to rare California Condors. However, in this case, the bird appears to be a rather common turkey vulture, said Jeff Chapman with the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Said Chapman:
A condor would be exciting and very unusual to see in the basin … but this appears to be a juvenile turkey vulture. Still cool to see, but common to the LA area.