I woke Sunday morning to my cats growling on my back deck which was very unusual. So thinking my barn cat, who has limited exposure to my house cats, was on the deck, I went to the window. And this is what I saw.
I couldn't decide who was eyeing up who for breakfast but as the birds were bigger than the cats, I ran out, grabbed a broom and only succeeded on shooing them to the roof of my house. These vultures are not afraid!
Eventually they flew across the back yard and sat in a tree for the rest of the day.
But...I did some research and found they are Black Vultures, not Turkey Vultures. The difference is...Black Vultures will kill small animals for food. Yikes!
DH was not home but I told him all about it that evening. The next morning I went out, and there they were again, perched on the gutter overlooking the cats. Who, bless their little courageous hearts, were growling at them again.
I had to dash off to work but DH heard the growling and fluttering of wings, grabbed his gun and took a shot through the bathroom window at them. He winged one of them so quickly ran out to deliver the mercy shot. The other has not been back since.
They did look like that SR, black heads and necks which is why I knew they weren't Turkey vultures.
On Sunday there were 3, one was on the roof while the other 2 were on the railing. But yesterday just the 2 came back. A colleague and I were wondering if they were mates and if they mated for life but I didn't have a chance to google that as I'm spending all my interwebz time at work on the HF. LOL
Now I do still feel slightly bad, especially knowing they were a pair. But still, I love my critters and felt DH did what he needed to do. And didn't have the heart to correct his nevermore comment because it was so funny.