Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Something Ominous Arrives

Turkey Vulture on the Neighbor's Fence
Elkridge, MD
April 29, 2019
It flew low into the neighborhood last evening swooping down from the sky to land on the neighbor's house and then moved to the fence surrounding the yard.

I see the the turkey vultures in the sky all of the time, circling on the air currents, but they rarely get close. I discerned that there was something out of the normal going on. 

It turned out that the bird had spied a piece of chicken laying on top of a garbage can and apparently desired to make dinner out of it. I spooked it as I drew close to take a picture of the bird and I don't think it ever did get the chicken.

As I was taking a picture of the bird, I was reminded about how big they really are--they are big! And they are not the prettiest bird when on the ground. I guess you are what you eat, lol. 

I was a bit surprised that this bird was alone and did not have two or three of his best friends with him to descend on the small piece of chicken. That said, who really wants the vultures circling over their house? 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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