The swallows always come back to Capistrano and the buzzards always come back to Hinckley, Ohio. Legend says that the buzzards have returned to Hinckley every March 15 since 1819 when they first arrived to feast on thawing carcasses left by settlers from a winter kill.
The buzzards’ annual trek leads them back to Hinckley Reservation, home to the 90 acre Hinckley Lake and Whip’s Ledges (a rocky outcropping of rock cliffs and ledges) where the buzzards come to roost.
Some Interesting Facts About Buzzards Buzzards (actually turkey vultures) are birds of prey but they are primarily scavengers eating dead animals and are not hunters. With a wingspan of up to 6 feet, buzzards can weigh 3-6 pounds and can live as long as 20 years. The buzzard lacks a voice box so its calls are mostly grunts and hisses.
Buzzard Sunday Buzz Taking place on Sunday, March 20, the Buzzard Sunday Buzz festivities will be taking place at various venues in downtown Hinckley and will be filled with lots of family-friendly, fun activities for all ages. Kicking off the Buzzard Sunday Buzz will be a Pancake Breakfast at Hinckley Elementary School (1586 Ridge Rd.). Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children (10 and under) and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, buzzard blend 5-star sausage, juice and coffee. The pancake breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The elementary school will also be the sight of an Arts & Crafts Fair ( 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the gym) and don’t miss the chance to meet and greet a real buzzard named Vinny who will be making an appearance at the school from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. At Hinckley Town Hall, guests can enjoy a carnival where they can play games, win prizes and enjoy performances by Danimals Clown (tying balloon sculptures) and by magician James Swedyk. And be sure to stop by Our Zoo to You where you can see lots of exotic animals.
And here’s your chance to prove that your pet is truly special. Enter your furry and feathered friends in the 2nd annual Pet Contest. Categories in the contest include Best Trick, Best Costume, Prettiest Eyes, Pet/Owner Look Alike and Most Unusual Pet. Pets must be friendly and behave well in public and owners must clean up after their pet. Pet families must be residents of Hinckley, Granger Township, Sharon Township, North Royalton, Richfield or Brunswick.
Pamela Mertens, a former Emmy Award winning video editor at WEWS-TV, has a real passion for travel. Pam wrote a travel column for several years for the Newschannel 5 newsletter. She travels extensively and has been to 47 U.S. states and the Caribbean as well as being an international traveler. Pam always jumps at the chance to see new and interesting places.