When the fish are spawning, however, the vultures may choose to ignore that invitation, and just eat the fish that couldn't get around the dam. Silver carp 4 feet long are just too yummy to pass up, and the vultures feast till they are stuffed.
Black Vultures are particularly intelligent, I think. One morning, a red ball floated downstream, and landed on our beach at the Falls. A group of curious Black Vultures decided to check it out. One crept up on the ball and pecked it. As the ball moved, they all jumped back. Then another Vulture snuck up on the ball from the other side and pecked it again. And once again they all moved when the ball did. The birds looked like soccer player in their black uniforms, and since the World Cup was going on, we called this the Vulture World Cup. All we needed was one bird with white stripes to act as the referee!
Many of my blogger buddies will be posting articles on the vultures they know and love, since this is International Vulture Awareness day. Just click http://www.ivad09.org/wp/ to see the list. Have fun!