Alongside the dry bed of Feliz Creek, vultures feasted on the carcass of what could be a fox this morning on the west side of Sanel Valley.
The Audubon Society identifies Mendocino County as a region where Turkey Vultures are common all year around where they will be seen using their keen sense of smell to locate carrion. Turkey Vultures mainly feed on deceased animals, but have been known to eat “decaying vegetable matter, live insects, or live fish in drying-up ponds.”
Vultures are a prime example of the wonderful world of collective nouns within the animal kingdom. As per ConservationAfrica.net, a group of vultures while perched in a tree can be called a “committee,” a “venue,” or sometimes a “volt.” When vultures are feeding on a carcass, they are referred to as a “wake.”
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