I found it and relocated it to the backyard near the edge of the field, in hopes of attracting some vultures. I then came into the house to clean up and change into cooler clothes. As I headed back to the bedroom, I glanced out the window to see why the Blue Jays at the feeder were making so much noise. Turkey Vultures had already arrived and were using the woodpecker tree as a perch to look over the potential meal.
The Turkey Vultures not
only noticed me, they were uncomfortable with my presence. In a great flapping of wings they left the
dead tree stubs …
I had left the carcass in the short grass,
but the vulture moved it down into a more secluded location. It fed undisturbed for several minutes.
The Turkey Vultures stayed close, but didn’t
try to reclaim their meal. Each time a
Turkey Vulture moved too near the raccoon, the Black Vulture would take a step
forward and the interloper would back off.
the tall grass was blocking its view of the Turkey Vultures and it relocated to
an area where it could watch and eat at the same time.
While they were once a rarity here, they have
now become a regular feature.
Most of the Turkey Vultures took
off to hunt for food elsewhere. Except for one that parked itself in front of
the Black Vulture and just watched it eat.
Turkey Vulture then spent a quiet few hours finishing off the raccoon.
It took wing and disappeared.
It’s amazing how efficiently these birds can
strip a carcass of its meat.
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