Monday, April 18, 2011

Black Vultures

I believe a black vulture family has moved into my old fallen down barn.  I don't mind black vultures, as they don't kill, but only eat dead things.  They seem to be very alert, constantly watching over the property.  And I've never seen a black vulture and an owl hanging out together.  I don't think they are friends.  So I'll take the vultures over the owls, for my guineas' sake.

Black vulture on the fireplace of the little house beside the old barn

Doesn't the property look like a jungle?  There's a lot of wild grape vines.  And it's barely springtime.  In the summer it gets more jungle-like.



When we first moved here, we explored the small, white, vacated house on the property.  One of the upstairs windows was open, and black vultures must have moved in.  We didn't know what it was, we only knew that when we attempted to go upstairs in the house, we were greeted by loud hissing.  We thought it was a wild cat of some sort!  Only, it was obvious from the loudness of the hiss that it wasn't from any ordinary house cat!  We were excited to think that a wild cat lived in this area, only to find out later that it was just a black vulture!  Lacking a syrinx - the vocal organ of birds - the black vulture's only vocalizations are grunts or hisses.

Little white house ~ photo taken in 2010
  

16 comments:

justplaincrazy said...

SO exciting!! They're going to nest there!! If you're interested, I can send you a link to the year I discovered a vulture nest near my property.

CeeCee said...

The last comment about the vulture nest evidently will come from my daughter (just plain crazy), as she now has a google account. I didn't see that when I posted my comment. :)

Razzberry Corner said...

justplaincrazy - by all means, send me nthe link!!! I think it's interesting to have vulture babies on the property!

CeeCee - Thanks for passing this info on to your daughter! I can't wait to see the vulture nest!

~Lynn

Country Girl said...

We have a ton of black vultures and regular vultures (turkey vultures I guess)around here. We have a couple of eagles too. And of course there's the ...... geese! The goose population has thinned out a lot since the winter. They have spread themselves around I guess. ~ Black vultures are kind of neat looking. Like huge ravens! We had a vulture in our back yard checking out the enclosed mulch pile. But since we don't include any meat in it, he wasn't interested and flew off!

CeeCee said...

Hi Lynn, here's my post about vultures/nests/chicks. It was a delight for me, simply because I knew nothing about vultures. The ending is not so good, but I learned so much. http://undertexasskies.blogspot.com/2008/04/maybe-again-this-year.html

Razzberry Corner said...

Barb - Yes, you do have the GEESE! And lots of them!

CeeCee - Did the vulture mama ever come back? I read that they nest in the same place year after year. The babies are so very cute! I hope we get babies! Did the mama mind you coming and photographing the chicks? I guess your presence didn't chase her away, as she was feeding the babies. What would you have done if you knew the mama wasn't feeding the chicks, would you have taken them in? thanks for the link! :)

~Lynn

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

oh that sounds like fun! i think i have buzzards...are they the same. mine have red heads. they come to the farm in march. one time i was on top of the hill and there was a flock of them. took lots of pic but never heard any hissing...maybe yours had a nest nearby? love this post!!1

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Your Black Vultures are so much better looking than our Turkey Vultures, which in my opinion, are "butt ugly!"

Farm Girl said...

Wow that is something. You have the most interesting things going on all of the time.

John Gray said...

the countryside still looks like a scene from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT eh?

Terry said...

Neat photos!

Knatolee said...

Ooh! I love vultures. We only get turkey vultures up here. These are great photos... love the spooky mood.

CeeCee said...

Lynn,
No, momma never came back. I think she must have been hit by a car. The dead babies showed no signs of being attacked by predators. Momma never minded me taking pictures, as far as I could tell. I would get in, take the pics and then leave. I never lingered.
Yes, I would have taken them in, had I known momma had disappeared.

Anonymous said...

Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.

Razzberry Corner said...

CeeCee & justplaincrazy - I had a "run in" with my black vulture parents yesterday!! I will ahve to post about it soon! They definitely have eggs in our barn!!! I am so excited!

Anon - Ummm, nice sentiment!!
~Lynn

Robin J. said...

That is sooooo neat.