Turkey Vultures are common North American birds. They scout around searching for fresh roadkill and also can be found hanging around dumpsters. I have often seen them circling in the air, mostly in small groups but had never seen one up close. Yesterday while riding on the bike path, a huge bird flew by and landed in a tree just ahead of me. Once I grabbed my camera and zoomed my lens in, I saw his face and instantly recognized this as a turkey vulture.
He only sat for a few moments and then flew off to join two more of his friends that were circling a hundred yards or so from the bike path, probably searching for lunch.