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It’s good to be a vulture!

Wishing everyone a happy International Vulture Awareness Day!


I almost let it slip by due to inattention, but then there it was — a Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, teetering over our neighborhood, low over the end of the street, and I remembered that today’s their day!

And let me just add: PERVIOUS NOSTRIL!  No carrion-clogged air inlets here after rummaging around in a ripe ribcage.  No tissue to clear your nares of noxious tissue?  No worries — wide-open nostrils are easy to clean of greasy shreds — just one quick sneeze or shake of the head and it’s gristle-be-gone, carcase-ex, rid-O-rot!

(Photo A.Shock, of a Liberty Wildlife vulture on the glove at Boyce Thompson Arbortetum)

Posted by Allison on Sep 1st 2012 04:16 pm | 3 Comments
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3 Responses to “It’s good to be a vulture!”

  1. kate mckinnonon 01 Sep 2012 at 7:07 pm link comment

    Ha! I would have MISSED it if you hadn’t been on the ball!

    NICE vulture.

  2. Tom Sharpon 02 Sep 2012 at 3:53 pm link comment

    This vulture is oddly beautiful in this picture.

  3. Allisonon 02 Sep 2012 at 5:45 pm link comment

    Thank you, Kate; it’s a very dignified, calm, bird. Tom, I’d say “oddly beautiful” pretty much sums up vulture pulchritude!

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