Yesterday as my wife was going out, she came back in to tell me about a crow and a large bird down the street. A turkey vulture was picking at a dead squirrel, with a crow watching. Crows crowded the turkey vulture. A hawk circled. Excitement in a suburb near San Francisco.
Here’s a closer look at the squirrel and birds. From wikipedia, a “turkey vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its food using its keen eyes and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gases produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals.”
The turkey vulture continued feeding, and a second crow hopped closer.
A car backed out of a driveway, and the birds flew to wires across the street,
where the crows crowded the vulture.
The vulture flew back down to the squirrel on the street, and the crows followed.
A minute later, the turkey vulture flew away. Looking for the vulture in the sky, I saw a juvenile, red-tailed hawk circling overhead, through the telephone wires.
Perhaps the hawk is the same one we saw Sunday. I looked for the squirrel in the street a half hour later, but it was gone.