Road Clean-Up Crew at work!

Discussion in 'Nature' started by digitalandfilm, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I always knew this happened but never came across such a scene. Very creepy!
  3. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    We usually get Turkey Buzzards it this area, but this particular "crew" are the Black Vultures who range from the southern tip of South America to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We are not too far NJ and PA (in NY) so they are at the furthest northern part of their territory.

    Interesting fact- they can locate dead animals (carrion) by smelling (while flying) the gasses that are emitted from the dead animal.
  4. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Go slow for the "cone zone" - carrion (NSFW?)

    To close to the road is hazardous. Passed on the way to work and spotted 4-5 buzzards (turkey vultures) working a road kill squirrel.

    Coming back on lunch spotted the tragic aftermath.

    Who scavenges the scavenger?

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    Ants do.

    I thought we only had turkey vultures but this is (was) a black vulture Coragyps atratus (I think) even though a bit out of its normal range. More likely a young turkey vulture.