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Frankie & Myrtle welcome Baby Vulture Vivian & Baby Vulture Valentino
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OMG!!! WOW!~!!! So cool!!! 

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Actually the hiss warning is probably the equivalent of a low growl warning. The next step that would be the equivalent to a louder growl would be maybe stomping their foot on the ground, Then ratcheting it up with a flaring of the wings would be like a dog curling its lip as it growls. Their "dog bite" would be when they puke up THE nastiest, most fowl smelling stuff you jave EVER smelled and the scent just seems to cling to you! It reallu, really is awful!!

So far I've just gotten the hissing so I don't feel like I upset them too much And I only peek in a few seconds.

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Sally, I scrolled back to the top and could not for the life of me find where you explained how it is you have vultures nesting in your barn/garage/spare bedroom. I don't know much about vultures, aside from an up-close and personal experience with a California condor more years ago than I'll confess to, but spare bedrooms don't strike me as their first choice of nesting locations.

explanation? pretty please?

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Okay Teri, here's a visual of their crib!

I believe this was an old shed used for hanging tabacco. Unfortunately, like everything else around my old home, it's becoming quite dilapidated. And that makes for a great home for Opossums, u der the floorboards, Raccoons in the old Oak Tree next to it and Vultures inside in their little beds!!

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And here's todays little clip of Baby Vivian and Baby Valentino trying to act all big and scary! Notice how the baby in front tries to hunch over sith head down and practice his "scary" wing span position! Cud or what? 🙂 🙂 🙂 :-),

Baby Vivian & Valentino trying to act BIG!:

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15 May 2017 - 10:59 pm
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Yes, that baby is very cute looking so fierce!!! It looks like mama didn't really make a nest, or did she?

I have a fondness for buzzards since I met a very funny, curious one in Costa Rica. They seem to have a lot of personality.

Thanks for keeping us updated on your little feather family.

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That is too cute! Only the one is doing the wing scare.

Soon they will be adding the hiss/growl.

It will be interesting to see how long they stay before moving out.

Is this the first time they have made the shed home? I bet they will now return year after year.

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16 May 2017 - 9:21 am
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okay .. I totally heard the "hiss" or as we call it in our house .. the low-growl. That's exactly how Jasper sounds when she is uncomfortable with something around her space. 

That is really cool! I have the same questions as Holly... will they stay for long or will they be back next year? How long before they turn black? I know nothing about vultures ... pretty sure we don't have those in LA! 

So amazing!!! 

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I' m totally excited!! They have vultures where I'm going!!! 😃😃😃 

I think they are very cute. All three actually for some weird reason! And I'm jealous. Wildlife over here is fairly boring 😊 

Ooooooh! Excited!! 

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Their 'nest' wasn't much more than an indentation in some straw that was on the floor. Apparently the parents put the eggs on topmof their feet when they were nesting.
For the first fourteen days the parents feed them liquid (yeah, regurgitated supper) for UP TO twenty times a day! Busy virds!

Then, approximately two weeks the babies start getting sold food (yeah, carcass delight).

The babies are feed in the nest for approximately three to four months. And once they are out of the "nest" they are still feed for approximately a totalmof eight months. Relatives help out too.

They are very social.

Their scent abilities are not as great as the Turkey Vultures, so often you see them soaring ABOVE the Buzzards and then following them to the food.

All this according to Google, so we'll see if Baby Vivian and Baby Valentino follow the guidelines set out in Google!

And yes Tina, Inhad the privilege of seeing a Condor in flight once....such a true privilege!!

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16 May 2017 - 4:44 pm
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Wow Sally! How cool! I don't imagine many people in this world would be as excited as you to have vultures nesting in their shed!! The vulture parents knew what they were doing when they picked your property to nest on! I wouldn't say they were adorbs exactly but they are pretty amazing! Lucky you 🙂

One of the most awesome things I have ever witnessed was a condor in flight. We were at Pinnacles Natl Monument here in CA on a morning hike. There were big birds in the sky and I kept saying "theres one! oh wait, its just a TV", many big dark birds later and then all of a sudden a condor soared into view over a ridge and I just about wet myself! Lets just say, there is no comparison, if you are not sure-it is not a condor, you will know one when you see one!! 

Hey did you see a nesting pair of black vultures 'often use the same nest site for many years'? Maybe you should invest in a nest cam for next yearwinker

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