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A Roof Full of Ominous Beasts

Turkey vultures camped out near a piece of roadkill Sunday morning in downtown Novato, prompting quite a site for passersby.

Traffic on De Long Avenue slowed for a little while Sunday morning as people checked out a flock of turkey vultures that had congregated near the corpse of a raccoon.

A couple of drivers stopped to take photos — including this one — while cruising past 804 De Long Ave., a few steps away from Novato City Hall. Somebody took care of the dead raccoon on the sidewalk and the feathered crowd dispersed.

Nothing to see here ... carrion ...

 

Mike September 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I saw them going at the carcass shortly after this. I went home and told the kids all about it in graphic detail.
Maggie September 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I wish someone had moved it where they could safely eat it - that's what I always do! They don't find food every day! I think I need to write a wildlife column for you guys :-) Wish I had seen them - one of my favorite birds.
Maggie September 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Picture 7 shows a juvenile in the foreground - note the head is grey - this year's bird!
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I took some video but decided not to publish it because it was kinda gross.
Lou Judson September 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Wow how exciting (yawn). They patrol our neighborhood regularly, sometimes swooping so close I have to remind myself they don't pick up live cats... Gross? Also ugly. I'm not looking at the photos. The coyotes yipping and howling at night are another thing entirely. True wildness!
Maggie September 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Turkey vultures are not "ugly." I invite you to come to WildCare sometime, in San Rafael, and meet one up close. Vladimir is WildCare's wildlife ambassador and when you see him in the sun, with wings spread, you will see how beautiful they really are - their feathers are irridescent with green and purple shining out. They are stunning birds and deserve more appreciation!
Christine September 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Carrion... Good one - I laughed out loud!
Will Lamers September 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Love it!

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