Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holy Crap!



Turkey Vulture
(These are not my pictures)

The good news is it's a vulture not a hawk and does not eat live food. They only eat dead things. But we were out on the porch five minutes ago discussing it, and here he came again right over the house! He soared slowly directly over us in the back yard and circled once then flew west away from our house and disappeared. And I was not mistaken in my description of his wingspan. He was huge!

So I'm very much relieved that we don't have to worry about Ollie getting scooped up by this fella that has been hanging around the last few days.

11 comments:

  1. Ugh. We have a lot of those big nasties around here. They take care of the road kill. A friend of mine had one fly right into the side of her car while she was driving, and broke the side mirror. Good thing the window was rolled up!
    They are HUGE!

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  2. Oh. My. Gosh. That thing is huge. I'm glad it's a vulture, not a hawk too, but I think I would still keep an eye on little Ollie. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. We have lots of those around here they are frightening if you have ever heard them screeching (sounds like crying) a haunting sound but it's amazing at the grace and yes their wing span.

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  4. What a huge fellow! I have never seen one of these (so they probably don't live in Germany)!

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  5. We have tons of turkey vultures around here, they do have an amazing wing span. People even think they are eagles! I'm glad Ollie is safe! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. That is one ugly bird! But I'm glad to hear Ollie will be safe :-)

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  7. That bird is huge! in fact it gives me the creeps but I'm glad it's not gonna grab poor Ollie. :) xx

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  8. Phew - he's enormous! I wonder how he'd be for Thanksgiving, instead of a turkey?! Well, on second thoughts ...!! So glad Ollie is safe to play outside alone, though. Hugs from across the pond xx

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  9. They are huge and like everyone else said, they come around eating dead things. You may want to check out if there is something large that died since it is often that you see him. buzzards don't come around otherwise, that is odd. I took pictures of 5 when a couple of squirrels got squished, they are big and ugly.

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  10. Yupp, we gottem out here in the middle of no where too, one day the cats had accumulated a bunch of headless squirrels in the back yard and we woke up to at least 25 of those things sitting on the well house, deck, back yard... so I know they are nature's vacuum cleaners but it sort of gave me the creeps so I took the old .22 and shot it in the air... Non ever told me that when you scare a flock of turkey vultures, THEY PUKE IN UNISON and urinate down their legs....disgusting...

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  11. Living in the woods, as I do, I lots of times throw my leftovers or bones over the fence. Mostly the kitties get a taste of human food. After I cleaned the turkey as good as I could, I threw the rest of it over the fence. An hour later I walked to the back door to see if the kitties were enjoying their Thanksgiving and there were at least 10 of these gigantic ugly birds in the trees and on the ground and the kitties were hid watching them!! I chased all of them off, watching them for at least 15 minutes to make sure they didn't come back to scarf up the kitties treats. They are very ugly!!!

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