We all know what a crow sounds like – obnoxious (definitely not a pretty sound), and they are incessant [wiki bit — lacking a syrinx — the vocal organ of birds — its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses]. Ok, so these crows were grunting at 6:00 AM, and then I heard and saw them on our walk. But now, five hours later they still haven’t shut up so I decide to investigate what’s going on.
I head to the field and follow the sound. Ahhh… overhead, and much closer than I could see on this morning’s walk, I realize it’s a turkey vulture and not a crow.
These birds are communal, so when you see one, you can be sure there will be others. Despite the rain, I decide to sit in the middle of the field and wait. For the next thirty minutes, this is what I see:
In one picture, you can see a Red-Winged Blackbird attacking one of the Vultures. I see Red-Tailed Hawks being attacked by much smaller birds all the time.
I moved closer and closer – trying to make them fly away so I would stop taking pictures and get out of the rain!!