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Crows vs. A Turkey Vulture



All this Turkey Vulture wanted to do was get a quick drink out of the rainfall pond across the street here.  No, the small group of about five crows would not have it.  The crows ganged up on the poor vulture and off all flew.  It sounded like the battle that happens when the crows chase the neighborhood Red-shouldered Hawk!  Lots of noise and commotion.  In the end, the carrion- eating vulture was the loser and has left the area – for how long, we won’t know.  I took these pictures on Sept. 28, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Crows vs. A Turkey Vulture" (9)

  1. how interesting! wouldn’t have thought it would be considered a threat.

    • Hi Theresa, Something has gotten the flock of Crows riled up but good. They also chased several birds including their nemesis, that Red-shouldered Hawk yesterday. Lots and lots of noise. We did have several big thunderstorms but that is not terribly unusual here. Have a fine Tues. tomorrow!

  2. Crows can be very loud –and when they are loud around here, I am usually happy, since they run-off any hawks looking for dinner from one of my Mourning Doves… (I had 4 Doves –and now there are only 2.)

    I wouldn’t have thought the Turkey Buzzard would have been intimated by the crows though.. Oh Well.. One never knows.

  3. Wow, I have not seen the crows interacting the vultures.. And I see both here.. Great series of photos. Enjoy your week!

  4. Crows are very smart. They likely had a good reason.

  5. sasha hall said:

    The crows were defending their territory. Crows and vultures are both scavengers and if the food is scarce for crows they will fend off any fellow scavengers.

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