William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 24, May, 2010

Mob Scene

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 22:19

So there I was, driving along by the coroner’s office, when I noticed a turkey vulture. Sometimes they circle around the coroner’s office in the afternoons, catching a thermal, which kind of bothers me, when you think about it too much. This one wasn’t flying, though, he was being dive-bombed by a little, black, bird (I think a redwing blackbird, but I’m not sure. Could have been a starling). A nice example of mobbing behaviour, (though with only one bird I’m not sure it was a mob). An interesting site, and one that brought the vulture a whole lot lower than usual, as it tried to escape flying along the Red Line tracks eastwards.

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