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datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2003
10:53 AM

Post #491539

A couple juvenile turkey vultures (note: the lack of color on their heads) trying to eat the dogs toy a stuffed bear(LOL) one of the vultures was gurarding his "kill" from the other ones. I WISH I would have video taped it. It was hysterical. Even without a cup of coffee.
Kristi

***note the little stuffed bear on the sidewalk***

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datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2003
10:54 AM

Post #491540

Here is a close up of one of them.

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justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 18, 2003
1:35 AM

Post #492751

Kristi, that IS funny..LOL!
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2003
4:22 AM

Post #492893

What a hoot - silly things! Practice, I guess!
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


March 18, 2003
4:49 PM

Post #493137

Ha!! I'll have to mantion this to my girl freind. She's had some vultures around here place. Maybe they can throw out an old teddy to lure them - lol!
MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2003
6:27 PM

Post #493885

LOL so funny! Yes video would be better!
violabird
Barnesville, GA
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2003
11:47 PM

Post #494622

Wish I cudda seen that! Serves the ugly things right!
Ever seen fight over road kill? Chilling.

Love to start the day with a good laff :)
Frankay
Northport, ME
(Zone 5b)

March 25, 2003
1:20 AM

Post #497094

Poppysue, am I so behind the times, or are vultures recent to Maine? I think I've seen them here and in Prospect. In the 70's I went south and first saw them in N.Carolina. Global warming? Not last winter. Frank
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


March 25, 2003
2:59 PM

Post #497340

That's just sooo funny - thanks for posting :)
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2003
12:11 PM

Post #499009

The vultures are now LOOKING in the windows in the morning? Do you think this is a sign? LOL It's getting a little freaky!

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datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2003
12:12 PM

Post #499010

Here is a group of them. One was also trying to eat bird seed out of the feeder. That was SO funny! What gets me, there is 'road kill' at the end of our block. WHY don't they go and eat it?

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


March 28, 2003
12:28 PM

Post #499018

Ooooooh spooky, hope they haven't got designs on the occupants of the house LOL

Perhaps they lost their mummy and daddy and never learnt what kind of food they're sposed to eat ;)
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2003
12:31 PM

Post #499020

Me to philomel! LOL... I'm wondering if I should go get a check up from the doctor! My husband has been kidding me about this all morning.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2003
5:23 PM

Post #502655

Boy, wish our office had big windows like that! What a view (vultures aside).
Equilibrium

January 27, 2006
2:00 PM

Post #2003754

This is such a wonderful thread. I loved the photos and I loved the story of the teddy bear. Too funny!
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2006
3:24 PM

Post #2003925

Equilibrium- they are back again this winter just like clock work... A few more pictures. I should have snapped some this a.m. They were running around the back yard with a 'dead' pool duckie that didn't get put up for winter. LOL

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datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2006
3:25 PM

Post #2003929

They love the dog..

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gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2006
4:30 PM

Post #2004054

That's funny! They'rrrrrrre baaaack. LOL
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


January 27, 2006
4:55 PM

Post #2004110

Looks like good pickings at your house!! LOL Teddys and Duckies...what more could they want?
GRENTHUMBS
West Warwick, RI
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2006
7:30 PM

Post #2004358

Hey! Thats so cool! You have your very own back yard clean up commity, good for you! I think they are awsome, and inspiring, mother nature was on the ball when she created these guys.

: )
Dena
Equilibrium

January 27, 2006
8:12 PM

Post #2004411

Rubber Duckie you're the one... you make yardtime so much fun!

Remember that song? datdog, your guests lend new meaning to the rubber duckie song! I love them!
ceceoh
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2006
1:43 AM

Post #2007503

Datdog, you have such a beautiful back yard...but what the heck are you putting in your bird feeders, girl?
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2006
12:29 PM

Post #2008022

Ceceoh- I don't mess with the bird feeder. I go for the big guns. My vulture attracting plant- don't ya know...

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datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2006
12:35 PM

Post #2008029

Observe the vulutre... When this plant blooms you'd think someone died.


*** can't find the picture- I'll keep looking. Here is a picture of the gang on the front porch. It was raining and I guess they didn't wan to get wet.

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frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 29, 2006
1:40 PM

Post #2008135

I remember the vulture pics with the plant. Too funny. Your vultures are something. Not something I get in this neck of the woods.
ceceoh
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2006
7:55 PM

Post #2008874

Quoting:I don't mess with the bird feeder. I go for the big guns. My vulture attracting plant- don't ya know


LOL! Yep, one of those would do the trick...if they would actually grow in Jersey, that is. ;)
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2007
3:34 PM

Post #3298457

.. 'howdy' datdog/Kristi ..

Ahh, tis one of the tales which deem worthy of a royal bumperooner ..

Not sure which would be worse: these big skinheaded feathered critters or a family of skunks on my porch. (lol)

- Magpye
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2007
3:39 PM

Post #3298475

Ahhh! A stinking alum! No wonder those poor vultures are confused. They can smell a corpse, they just can't find it! Guess mom & dad forgot to warn them about the plants. :)
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 19, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3299975

Magpye- thanks for bumping this up! I must say that I really do look forward to the fall when the big guys return. Sadly, only about 1/4 of the vultures showed up this fall and I often wonder what happened to them? I do have one that still pecks away at my door every a.m. and hops about after me when I'm in the yard. I can't prove it but I do think he's the same one that shows up every year. I've grown attached to the ugly bugger. :) He/she will be leaving soon and I'll wait again next fall to see if he comes back.

Yes, I'll keep my vultures and pass on the skunks. LOL Had them once and they were not good neighbors. :)


Garden Mermaid that is SO true- those suckers stink.
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 19, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3300189

Do you think they were Black Vultures, not Turkey Vultures?
Bhavana34
Medford, NJ

June 8, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #5073569

We have both types, the ones with the red face, and the ones with the grey face, and they hang out in the same flock. We put a turkey carcass out one day for the small birds to pick apart, and before you knew it, we had a flock of about 20 vultures just hanging around in the backyard. It was sort of comical, the way they just lurk around, and they are very curious, looking into the windows and all, and one small group spent a good amount of time investigating and pushing a soccer ball around the yard.

Unfortunately, I had no batteries in the camera that morning.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2008
11:27 PM

Post #5073677

Hadn't seen this old thread before . . .
Quoting:Do you think they were Black Vultures, not Turkey Vultures?

. . . all the pics show Black Vultures

Resin
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

June 8, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5073705

Kristi,

All your pics and comments with each posting, are too funny! LOL

Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn
datdog
Medford, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 9, 2008
11:36 AM

Post #5075604

What a timely post, I just had my morning visit from our local vulture. Not sure why this one hasn't left but he/she seems to be hanging around pretty late. I snapped a picture the other day of my DOG and the vulutre both sitting on the back porch. Thankfully I have a very kind dog that wouldn't hurt him or go after him. I'm on a new computer so I'll try to figure out how to download it later.
angele

June 10, 2008
4:43 AM

Post #5080963

I'm so glad this got bumped. It sure is a fun read! Poor, poor teddy bear! lol
We have Turkey Vultures here and I am glad for the 'service' they provide!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #5081877

What a great thread! Glad it got bumped too! I love Vultures!
cluelessnTN
Oak Ridge, TN

June 12, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #5091001

Loved this thread. Vultures are under-appreciated, both for the janitorial services they provide and their fascinating, inquisitive nature. They have a flock hierarchy, just like a pack of wolves, and vulture children have to be formally "introduced" by their parents in order to gain acceptance. Personally, my favorite raptor.
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


June 12, 2008
7:17 AM

Post #5091521

I didn't know about their social lives, thanks for the intro clueless - must look them up. They don't live immediately where I am, but there are three or four species in the Pyrenees, not far away.
Thanks again for the thread datdog :)
Doe41
(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2008
8:00 AM

Post #5091538

Hey Ya'll! Hope you don't mind my droppin' in! My best friend lives in Ala. Before she moved to the house where she lives now, she lived in the edge of the woods. She fed the crows and vultures. She would call the crows, and the vultures would come! They learned about what time she put her scraps out and they would roost in her tree till she put them out for them! Those vultures were beautiful. So black they looked blue, and had a wing span on about 4 or 5 ft. Bigger than your friends, I think! I never heard of anyone who could call crows before!
Audrey
PS: I just reread this, Sounds like she didn't live in a house in the edge of the woods! She did! She just moved to another house!
crittergarden
Pittsburgh, PA

April 10, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #9077109

"bumping up" a funny thread.
I'm glad I've dug deep back into the wildlife forum so as not to have missed anything!
It's very educational - and even more entertaining!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2015
9:11 AM

Post #10009281

What a blessing! I really like Vultures.

We've had Turkey Vultures in our yard (we live out in the country) and have tried luring them with old meat. We had a group of seven last spring attracted to a "dog chew toy"... it was not a toy, that's all I'll say.

It was quite a show that all of us were watching. One Vulture learned to never land on an occupied Kestrel box. I wish I got a photo, but I was photographing other antics. One of the Kestrels landed right on the back of that Vulture and it flew off as fast as a Vulture can fly. The Grackles were dive-bombing them. Two male Pheasants were fighting in the same part of the pasture, then the Vultures fight over the "toy".

I started Carrion Flower seeds this spring, I was wondering if Vultures would be attracted to the smell. After the flowers fade, the smell goes away, and produces berries. I am thinking if these thrive, I will make some Carrion jelly to pass to my friends. Ha. :)

datdog, if you are still here, the photo of your dog and vulture would be neat to see. :)
carol13
Glen Burnie, MD

March 17, 2015
12:02 PM

Post #10038422

I remember being in a local wildlife park in Clearwater, Fla. years back. They had an area with cages where they kept critters that had initially been raised by humans, then given up - so they couldn't be returned to the wild. There was a Turkey Vulture. It was so ugly it was adorable. And when you put your hand in it rubbed its head against it & made these cooing type sounds. It was so sweet! Kind of never expected that from a critter that's huge & lives off dead meat. Yuck. But it was a fun experience. Almost made me wanna take it home. Almost.

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