Which Came First Turkey Vultures or Dracula?

Good Eeeeeveningbeginning in late spring we see a lot of Turkey Vultures here at Goebel Hill Farm. These huge birds with creepy red faces hang out in this valley all summer long.  They scavenge for carrion, road kill and they eat cow pies and rotten pumpkins, too.  Perfect!  Apparently, having that red skin on their faces, rather than feathers, keeps the mess in check!  We enjoy watching the vultures ride the thermals over the farm and in the valley below us.  One summer morning we counted seventeen birds all soaring in the sky at once!

Turkey Vultures at Goebel Hill Farm

Turkey Vultures at Goebel Hill Farm

We also have a lot of rabbits in the area and one day I found one that had died inexplicably within the fenced yard of my chicken coop.  Being the recyclers that we are, we placed the dead bunny on a large fir stump out in our pasture where we’ve seen the vultures warming up in the sun.  Then we set up the trail cam.  This is what we caught:

This display of a hierarchy within the group of vultures that we caught on the trail cam is just amazing.  Who knew?  They are like giant chickens!  If you want to see a real Turkey Vulture up close and personal be sure to visit the Sarvey Wildlife Clinic in Arlington, Washington.  There is always something new to learn and pick up a pumpkin or two at our farm stand on your way to Sarvey.  Enjoy the beauty of fall and thank you for your interest in Goebel Hill Farm.

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