A couple of days ago Shirley and I were driving on Cayuga View Rd near
Falls Rd (TBurg) and came upon a large bird feeding on a dead critter in
the road. We came to a stop and the bird moved a couple of yards and
slowly launched into a low holding position a few feet above the
ground. It was clearly a Turkey Vulture and it was clearly not going to
give up on a nice putrid meal. I exited the car to ID the meal and,
remarkably, the TV hung almost motionless about 5 ft off the ground only
a few feet away. It stayed that way until I returned to the car. Then
it was back to lunch.
The surprising thing was that the bird chose to remain so close to a
clearly sneaky and menacing human being. A great photo op. My camera
was a mile away at home. I should have learned from an earlier
encounter on Satterly Hill Rd north of Burdett. There we sat next to a
TV that was perched on a fence post at the shoulder of the road. When
we left, the bird was still there. Still waiting to be photographed.
BTW, the dead critter was a raccoon.
Bill McAneny, TBurg
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