I love Black Vultures!

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First I must confess my unusual love of black vultures and turkey vultures. The other day I observed a black vulture dining in the yard along with a large group of equally hungry Canada geese. The black vulture was strolling around, happily pecking here and there in the grass just like a normal Canada goose.  Having watched birds all my life I have never seen a vulture acting like a goose. Although I couldn’t see what it was eating I know there were no dead animals in the yard. My brilliant neighbor suggested it might be eating the only other thing besides grass that is all over our yard, goose poo. Having seen fox kits eat goose poo I was not ready to reject her concept. But I am open to your suggestions. Fortunately we have not seen the black vulture dining with the Canada geese again so we are not concerned that vultures might suddenly decide to devour all our wonderful lawn fertilizer.

Note: A friend suggested the vulture might have been eating worms.  I didn’t notice any robin-style tugging or anything hanging out of the vulture’s mouth between pecks. But robins had been in the area recently.

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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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