I hate to say it, but the Turkey Vulture is not among the birds I love.
Yesterday I returned home to find two of the giants perched on the ridge of our roof. These birds are over two feet in hight with a wingspan of almost six feet, and much to my dismay they are completely unflappable once they have decided that a roosting spot is save.
The pair just sat there, watching, as I approached the house and pulled the car into the garage.
Over the last few years I have observed them on our roof top during the blistering heat of August, were they sit like gargoyles, wings half open to let the air cool their bodies. But this is the end of March and I find it unnerving that our house is being sought out as soon as the Bald Eagles have left for their breeding grounds in the far North.
Observation has taught me that Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures do not mix. As soon as the eagles appear in winter, the vultures disappear and rarely are they seen sharing the sky. Now, with this early invasion of our roof top I wonder what can be done to discourage these unlikely sentinels from staking a permanent claim.