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.