|Turkey vultures can have a wingspan up to six feet.|
Their wings usually appear two-toned from below.
I peered between their alert ears expecting to see a brown towhee on the windowsill or one of the spotted fawns draining the birdbath again. Nothing moving in the backyard. When I flipped open a blind slat, I startled a turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) on the garage roof directly outside the window. As it dropped behind the roof line, I caught a brief glimpse of something hanging from its beak, round with a stem hanging down. A leaf? Or perhaps a mouse. That explained the cats' complaint at seeing a scavenger steal their snack.