March 15th, 2010
Look! Up in the Sky!
Posted by Sharkey
I was sitting looking out over the farm the other day when I noticed a rather large bird circling overhead. My initial response to this was - HAWK!!! ALL SMALL ANIMALS TAKE COVER!!! Then I realized that it was a turkey vulture and even though it has a tremendous wingspan up to 72 inches, there was nothing for me to really worry about. Turkey vultures, with their featherless, purplish-red heads, are scavengers, feeding mostly on carrion. I suppose we should thank them for keeping the farm tidy, in a way.
1 Wow, the crows are making a lot of racket. What could be bothering them? Look - over there! What is that very large bird circling above the paddocks?
2 It seems to be getting closer, whatever it is and the crows are getting louder. They seem very upset by this bird's presence.
3 OMG! It's a turkey vulture - and it seems to be searching for its next meal. Martha told me that vultures dine on carrion, or dead meat. I sure hope there is nothing dead around here!
4 She also said that the name 'vulture' is derived from the Latin word vulturus, meaning 'tearer,' and is a reference to its feeding habits - pleasant! I suppose if there is anything for it to eat out there, it will show up easily on the white snowy landscape.
5 It's swooping towards me, should I run? No worries - I'm alive and kicking!
6 Oh, hi, Mr. Goldfinch. Don't worry, you don't have to take cover. That's a vulture and not a bird-eating hawk flying around. You're safe, for now.
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