|Cholla Cactus at Sunset|
And so it began. It wasn't the Groove Bill Ani I was chasing that would get me on the rare bird alert...but the Black Vulture! Of all birds that would get me notice, it would be Black Vultures! And they weren't even a lifebird for me! You never know when or where luck will strike, but I'll take it:) I scheduled my morning to find the Crested Caracaras, Ani, and Northern Parula. 2 of the 3 birds I'd find, but forget about the Caracaras.
I got out of the car and smiled from ear to ear. This was one for the record books. 10 had been reported but I counted over 50 around the area. Which could have meant only one thing. Death.
The question is.....what in the world is this? I am still puzzled. The Vultures were there for the carcass, but is this a coyote? I didn't want to get too close because the ravine was deep. Were the coyotes feeding on this carcass or were they mourning the loss of a member from their pack? I left the scene just as confused as I had been when I got there. Whatever happened, I made it on the rare bird alert watch. However I was lectured about my JPEG size when submitting photos:) I guess I'll never win:) But all that's goofy nonsense. What do you think really happened here?