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.
***note the little stuffed bear on the sidewalk***
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
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. :)
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.