Monday, August 1, 2011

Update on the Vultures

I've been planning to post on our two vulture babies, Carnie and Roadie, but each time I'm down at the barn they are out to lunch or I don't have my camera. D3 happened to get this great shot of them. As you can see, they look very much like grown vultures. They have gotten their grown up feathers over about four weeks, but they still have a downy collar. Until recently, they had some baby feathers.

Carnie and Roadie Vulture.



The two sweeties in their early childhood.

C.S.Farmer was in one of our barns last week when he heard some noises. He looked up to see Carnie (or was it Roadie?) sitting on one of the rafters of the barn. The vulture spread his wings and soared across the barn... smack dab into one of the other barn cross poles. C.S. told me that the bird was sprawled out for a few minutes, before he stood up, shook off and stumbled away like a drunk. Isn't it amazing that they are graceful as they are beautiful?

We're hoping that mom and dad vulture choose another location for their nursery next year. D3 had many tack items that may need to be replaced because the two young vultures potty trained on them.

11 comments:

  1. Double ick!!! I hope the find somewhere to nest too, I imagine though it was a good learning experience to get to see vultures in person.

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  2. It's hard to say that seeing vultures in person is a good learning experience. They keep looking at your funny and they want to take your pulse. Weird!

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  3. Wow! They have grown since I last saw photos.

    I imagine you feel more nervous around them now they are getting bigger.

    carol

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  4. Wow! They got BIG! Will they eventually leave the nest? Or will they use the same area for their own future nesting?

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  5. LOL! as graceful as they are beautiful! ha ha ha!

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  6. Blimey! They've certainly grown Patrice, they even look a little handsome....well, as handsome as a vulture can be!
    (I'm waiting on 3 baby blackbirds to be old enough to fledge...as Sid (my cat) 'sleeps' under the nest if she can get away with it if you know what I mean. ;o)

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  7. Interesting for sure, but it does sound messy.

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  8. There's a route I drive a lot thru what's known as "Rocky Valley"...and there was a vulture sitting on top of a fence post along the side of the road and I stopped and got a pic of him...they're not too pretty, are they??!!?? ;-)

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  9. You crack me up! I guess vultures are majestic in their own right, it's just their innate drive that makes me a little woozy. But, I do admire them in flight...I love your unique view and glad you are sharing! Vultures have an important role in this world...I'm thankful for them as much as I am for the beautiful Cardinal.

    I'm a new reader and look forward to coming back!

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  10. Too cute! We have had a lot of baby crows this year and they fall off of the fence on a regular basis. Would love to have some baby Vultures to watch.

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