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.

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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?

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?

It seems to be getting closer, whatever it is and the crows are getting louder.  They seem very upset by this bird's presence.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

It's swooping towards me, should I run?  No worries - I'm alive and kicking!

5 It's swooping towards me, should I run? No worries - I'm alive and kicking!

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.

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.

Comments (7)

  • Sharkey those are nasty looking birds. Why do you think the crows go crazy when a big bird comes flying around? Is it a warning to all the smaller birds and animals to look out you could be someones next meal?

    F & S, I'd still be careful. Some of those big hawks could pick us Frenchies right off the ground and we would make a wonderful meal.

    So girls did you get lots of rain this weekend? We had hard rain and gusting winds all weekend, in fact it's still raining here. Saturday none of us left the house only to do our business, it was scary outside. The only bright side of Saturday was that mom was in the kitchen all day. She had Martha's cookbooks out and she made her blueberry muffins, chocolate chunk cookies and then used her popover recipe. Dad LOVES popovers and was upset because mom was going to try a new recipe instead of her usual. I must say Dad loved them I even got some and they were really yummy. Mom served them with this stuff called Boeuf Bourguignon I think it was just a fancy name for Beef Stew. It looked good but I didn't even get a taste. Oh and the best part was mom made me my favorite thing of all Blood Orange Sorbet. We have some every night before bed. As soon as I hear the scooper come out of the drawer I go crazy cause I know it's coming. It is SO good you should have your mom make you some you will just love it.

    I hope this rain ends soon or I'm going to suggest we start to build an ark!!!

    Zoe

  • Good morning Francesca and Sharkey: Be careful of those vultures cause you never know what might happen. When my daddy walks me in the afternoon, sometimes we see a turkey vulture sitting near the woods eating something. Daddy makes sure we are far enough away. The vulture looks at me and I look at him for a few seconds and then he goes back to eating his lunch and I go back to walking with my dad. Just make sure you don't get too close. UGH!!!

    Well, I feel wonderful and back to my old self. The weather is much better but still a little cold.

    My birthday will be in three days and I will be 6 years old. If I could, I would ask momma to throw me a grand birthday party and have all of you come to our house. I know that this is impossible so I invite you all in spirit to celebrate. No gifts please. Just to be able to have a place to write my thoughts and have great parents and plenty of stuff, and my health is enough for me.

    Well, time for an early morning nap. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I have some turkey vultures around here too, lots of them. When ever a squirrel gets hit by a car along one of those long spaces between houses, the vultures come and get them. I see them all the time along the road when walking. They just seem to hop away a little and then come back when I have passed. We have a lot of owls here too. Anyone with a cat which weights less than five pounds had better be in after dark or they will be gone by morning. Now that’s not a good thing for the cats. Hope you enjoyed your soggy weekend.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good Morning Ladies,
    I would be afraid of those vultures. We have hawks around here come spring. Mom is always a nervous wreck when they come, but worse is when the coyote hangs around. He was right in the neighbor's back yard last week at 9 at night howling to try to get their golden retreiver out thinking he wanted to play. Then wammo he would try and eat her. Her Mom was smarter than that and kept her inside. We have seen him in the middle of the morning just marching down the middle of the street. When he runs out of squirrels and cats to catch he comes after the dogs. He got a little weinie dog last year. Mom and Dad protoect us though. Well, it looks like I can't avoid going to the doctor's any more. Mom is trying to get me in today or tomorrow. It is my back left leg. Don't know where the pain is coming from, so I guess I have to get checked. It is snowing here today. More rainy I guess, but a nice white covering on the ground. I can hardly wait to St. Patrick's Day this week. Mom got me a brand new green bandana so I will look great. Have a good day all, and stay away from those vultures, hawks and coyotes too.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Basil I hope you don't have to get an operation like my sister Sophie, she tore her ACL. I hope it's just a pulled muscle - keep us posted.

    Have a Happy Birthday Gracyn. That would be wonderful if all us Bloggers could get together for a party.

    F & S - you have resources why don't you throw a big party and we'll all come?????

    Zoe

  • great picture, but am sad I can't get these comments posted...so what gives?

  • Hi Girl Friends, This sure was an interesting blog. Where I live, the crows always warn all of us when ever an eagle or a hawk is flying over the area. They always group together and surround those big birds, but the birds just ignore them and keep flying all over the area. Is a turkey vulture anything like a real turkey? I didn't think that any turkey could fly like that. Like you said before, we can learn something new everyday and I really love doing it from your blog. Hope you are safe after that terrible storm in your area. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

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