Buzzards Day is an annual celebration observed on March 15th. There are many seasons, and Spring is one of the most loved climatic seasons amongst all sort of people. Bid the chill, snowy Winter season and welcome the Spring. The start of Spring will not be completed without the arrival of the Buzzards which is circling overhead. Why not we celebrate these beautiful and winged creatures and their arrival with a special day in the calendar? Yes, it’s time to welcome the Spring with the Buzzards, especially with the turkey vulture. Buzzards Day is an annual feast that celebrates the return of the turkey vultures to Hinkley, Ohio. So take your binoculars out to find if any of the Buzzards are in the blue sky.
“If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.” – William Faulkner
History of Buzzards Day
The origin and the history of Buzzards Day‘s have found to have many conflicting dates. The first record of the Buzzards return dates back to 1957, although they have been arriving for more than one-and-a-half century. Robert Bordner who was a writer for the Cleveland Press was credited as he has found the word for this celebration Day. During 1957, the members of the Hinkley Chamber of Commerce had agreed to have a pancake breakfast festival on the first Sunday of Spring (the first Sunday after March 15th) at the Brongers Park. However, the Buzzards or the turkey vultures are found to return to the Hinkley, Ohio on every March 15th which attracted many tourists. A Metroparks patrolman named Walter Nawaleniec was the one who said to Robert that these Buzzards are returning to the spot on March 15th for the past six years.
Later so many other personalities found their arrival on this date. These turkey vultures returning on March 15th has been so widespread and popular, and this is the reason for the official Buzzard Day celebration on this date. However, the township was unprepared for the 9,000 plus visitors in the first observance that was held in the year 1957. But by 1958, various plans had been made to welcome all those visitors, and since then, the town has been celebrating an annual Buzzards Festival. The heads of the Turkey buzzards are featherless and red. These birds have got very good eyesight and can live up to twenty years. They are scavengers and live on the dead animals. These buzzards soar through the sky on the big updrafts and are considered as the Mother Nature’s garbage collectors.
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How to Celebrate Buzzards Day
Celebrating the Buzzards Day is quite simple. Get to know about the Buzzards and their life in detail. You can visit Hinkley, Ohio to see their arrival if you are affordable. Talk to the locals over there to know more about the Buzzards Festival. You can share that information with others and make them aware of such a celebration Day. Just capture the buzzards arrival pictures and don’t forget to share it with others. Use the hashtag #BuzzardsDay to spread the word on the social media.