Friday, September 04, 2009

International Vulture Awareness Day

Tomorrow is International Vulture Awareness Day. I wish I had time to write a post beautifully singing the praises of vultures. Instead, here's a photo of a gorgeous Turkey Vulture floating past our balcony at Hasty Brook last weekend. All of you who know me even a little know of my passion for Turkey Vultures. I've taken more than a little heckling about my love for TUVUs. I don't care. They are simply magnificent. I love their physical form; crinkly red skin on their heads, large intelligent eyes, pearly white beak, silver lined wings. There is no other bird that can compare to them in flight as they hang effortlessly on thermals. While others watch for warblers to arrive in the spring, I am thrilled to see the the first Turkey Vultures return.
They draw my eyes to the sky and make my heart sing.
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23 comments:

Susan Gets Native said...

*just a little bit of eye-rolling*
Lynne, Lynne, Lynne. What are we going to do with you?
:)

I have a post all ready in my head.

Linda in Erie said...

Well, they kinda remind me of a wild turkey. And wild turkeys almost remind me of a peacock (in a way) so I guess I could consider them beautiful because I think peacocks are beautiful. Seriously, I didn't like them at all and thought you liking them was a joke. But then I realized it wasn't. :-) Then one day I tried to get photos of one and saw them hovering in the air and they actually were pretty in their own graceful way. So, ya, I'll raise my hand and say, "I kinda like Turkey Vultures."

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The Turkey Vulture is an impressive bird,especially in flight.
Blessings,Ruth

Jayne said...

They really are majestic to watch in flight. And, they do a service that keeps the earth clean and smelling a wee bit better! :c)

NCmountainwoman said...

My first thoughts were of you when I realized there even IS a Vulture Awareness Day. You have done a fine job in making people aware of these wonderful birds all year long.

JKoenig said...

I always look forward to seeing the Turkey Vultures here towards the end of March, because it is one of the first signs of Spring. The way they soar and float on the wind currents is magnificant. Besides that they are great "road cleaners." I appreciate what they do for us.

When I was still working I used to see bunches of them sitting on the branches of a dead tree. One day I saw a whole row of them sitting on the peak of someones house...kind of spooky.

Have a great holiday!

Montanagirl said...

I find myself waiting for the arrival of TV's too. Love watching them soar around. They're pretty cool. They just go silently about their business, cleaning up the countryside and bothering no one.

Deb said...

I think the city of Sandstone should consider renaming itself "The Turkey Vulture Capital of Minnesota". I rarely pass through town without seeing a few of them enjoying the thermals above the Kettle River.

Eve said...

You go girl! I jump with joy everytime I see a Black Vulture fly over here! I get to see both TV's and BV's!! Wooppeee!

Mel said...

Happy Vulture's Day Lynne!! ;)

Mary said...

You'll need to check out Susan's post. Happy TV Day, Linne! Sorry to be late.

Kathiesbirds said...

Lynne, you will come back as a turkey vulture someday I am sure!

egretsnest said...

Whenever I see a TUVU, I think of you. And, that's not a bad thing. Happy International Vulture Awareness Day (aka Happy Lynne Day!).

Beth said...

Lynne: I always took the dozens of TUVUs I see every week for granted...until I met you! Now I appreciate their soaring beauty just a teensy bit more *shudder*. Thanks for the TUVU-lurv gift!

Beth

RuthieJ said...

I saw quite a few vultures just floating along in the sky this afternoon while I was out on the motorcycle. It's always fun to watch them and I really have to be careful where I'm driving sometimes!

Bird Girl said...

You are so funny, Lynne - but to each his own, right? I really can't believe they have an International Vulture Awareness Day?? I just don't get it ;-)

Ruth said...

I was at a raptor rehab centre yesterday and watched a TV with a broken wing in its cage. I thought of you...
It was so sad to see it try to spread its wings. But it is being well cared for and was a popular bird with the children.

jalynn01 said...

All I can say is Ugly AND Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Way to go Lynne!

Heidi said...

Meanwhile, I await the fall when they start coming back in higher numbers. I've noticed throughout the summer, it's been rarer and rarer to see the lovely soaring TUVUs. I think they went where they'll get a change in temps creating that thermal to rise on. Here, it's so blah day after day. Sunshine, moderate temps... yeesh!

LOL. I should appreciate it, but I want some excitement... storms, cold fronts, anything!

scienceguy288 said...

The garbage compactors of nature. Not the prettiest things, but you can't live without 'em.

Leedra said...

I remember you posting about the Turkey Vulture awareness day last year. Has it really been a full year? I also get very excited to see the Turkey Vultures soaring in the sky. They come over our house alot, but they are always so high in the sky. Still trying to get a good flight photo.

Tina said...

I share your fondness for these guys..I have a post coming up for you in the near future...just tvs!! love to watch them soar...

dguzman said...

It's ridiculous how many TuVus there are in the sky at any given moment in CA. You'd love it here. And the mountains around here make it possible for these guys to really book it across the sky. Very speedy.