I Don’t Know What It Means . . .

8 Mar

. . . but we have a flock of buzzards in the yard this morning.

There were six stalking around in the yard, and two on the ridge of the barn. The really disconcerting thing was that they followed me around the house and were waiting outside the front porch when I got birdseed and peanuts. The Squire came looking for me when he saw them move around there. I don’t know if he was afraid I’d try to make pets of them, or if I’d fallen and the vultures thought I was already dead. Yes, I’m pale, but gee willikers! To quote Monty Python, “I’m not dead yet.”

Later on, they moved around to the carport and began to eat the peanuts we’d put out for the squirrels. They reminded me of the old cartoon of two buzzards in a tree, and one says to the other “Wait, hell! I say we go kill something!”

5 Responses to “I Don’t Know What It Means . . .”

  1. tiggerlyss March 8, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

    They remind me of the vultures in The Jungle Book:

    We’re your friends
    We’re your friends
    We’re your friends to the bitter end
    When you’re are down
    Who comes around
    To pluck you up
    When you are down
    And when you’re outside, looking in
    Who’s there to open the door?
    That’s what friends are for!

    • thisendoftheswamp March 8, 2022 at 10:56 pm #

      Hadn’t heard that, but maybe they are just being friendly. They are not aggressive, at any rate.

  2. Garfield Hug March 10, 2022 at 3:28 am #

    You sure have a lot of wild life in your yard. Are buzzards an edible bird? I just wondered if they are hunted?

    • thisendoftheswamp March 10, 2022 at 11:38 am #

      They are not edible, even for your own survival. They live on carrion, and will even eat animals in what can kindly be called “advanced stages of decay”, so their meat is often toxic.

      • Garfield Hug March 10, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

        Oh wow! Thanks for sharing this info. I learnt. Thanks to you. 😀

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