Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Vultures

Those of you who know me or have been reading my blog know that I love birds!! The numerous bird feeders in my yard attract the cutest sparrows, finches, juncos, hummingbirds and even doves to my yard!! I love to hear their happy songs and cheerful chirping, especially in the mornings.

Sunday afternoon as I turned the corner coming home from church the first thing I notice is this huge bird in my neighbors yard!! Wow, there are vultures in the neighborhood!! This huge turkey vulture was feeding on something dead. At first I thought it was a cat, but it turned out to be an opossum. How a dead opossum got in my neighbors yard I haven't figured out yet!! I was intrigued . This bird is very ugly, in my humble opinion!! And it's eating a dead animal..gross in my opinion. But, then again, I also felt like it had a purpose , it was doing what nature wants it to do.

So I have done some research. There is actually a non-profit organization, The Turkey Vulture Society...who knew???? It's purpose is too: "promote scientific study of the life habits and needs of the Turkey Vulture, to protect the vulture and its habitat, and to inform the public of the valuable and essential services this bird provides to us and to the environment."
Wow, the things you learn on the internet. The most amazing fact I found out about the turkey vulture is that it's droppings are a sanitizer!! It has so much uric acid it kills bacteria. Sometimes nature is just weird!! Anyway, I don't think I'm going to try to attract turkey vultures to my yard!!! Would you???


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3 comments:

Katie said...

That is gross!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I wouldn't want them in my yard but you know what? If our power went out and we had stuff rotting in the freezer they could provide a great service. Okay, it's a weird thought.

Susan, Susie, Suz said...

My thought isn't why a possum is in the yard...but why a vulture is in my county!! Truly cool blog, Cindy!

I will wonder today also, "Who knew?"

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