A Raw Deal
Spotting a kettle (a flock of vultures in flight) fast approaching, I pulled off in the breakdown lane of the highway, and waited. These guys are so misunderstood but are really amazing birds. They help with "clean-up" year round (not just in the Fall!).
-that a group of them is called a committee, volt or venue?
-they mate for life, although a surviving vulture will find another mate if the need arise.
-that when feeding on a carcass, the group is known as a wake?
-that they are relatively social? (although Black Vultures are more social than Turkey Vultures)
-that they pee on their legs to cool them in hot weather?
-that they have weak feet and legs which is why they cannot carry away prey?
-that they serve as garbage disposals (eliminating rotting flesh which would otherwise promote disease)
And you already knew that they have excellent sense of smell and sight, right?
So, then next time you see a few vultures, try to look at them in a "different light" and perhaps you'll see hints of silver on the underside of their wings. If you do, that's a "TV", a nickname often used by birders. However, contrasting silver on the underside of their wing tips would indicate a "BV."
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A Raw Deal
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