|Vulture sculpture by Santa Cruz Mountains metalsmith, Bill Sorich|
This post is about vultures and death as part of my continuing exploration of why the turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are suddenly hanging out on the Dipper Ranch barn. In Vultures and Migration, I pretty much concluded that the local vultures of the central California coast do not migrate in the winter, so that leads me back to death.
In the last few weeks, I found part of a carcass on the road near the corral watering trough that the vultures visit every day.
That is, the vultures visit the trough every day. I never saw them on the carcass although the eyeballs were gone and the skin partially flaked off as if stripped by beaks.
[Please note: this posting includes photos of dead animals. No animals were harmed in creating of this post. Proceed at your own educational risk by pressing Read More.]