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How to invite a turkey vulture to lunch

Turkey vulture peeking through skylight to see what’s for lunch. Photo by Nancy Hartounian, Lafayette, CA
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Gary:
I was preparing lunch and heard a noise on the skylight above me. Guess this turkey vulture wanted to join me for lunch!
Nancy Hartounian, Lafayette, California

Nancy:
I have to ask this … what were you fixing for lunch? /Gary

Gary:
I was fixing Carcass Casserole and Roadkill Ratatouille.
Nancy Hartounian, Lafayette, California

Nancy:
I figured it had to be something like that. I have a box of Roadkill Helper sitting on my desk that somebody sent me, if you need any. It says on the side that you just add roadkill. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Under: Turkey vultures | 2 Comments »

Wild turkeys are taking over the world!

Wild turkeys feeding on backyard grape vines. Photo by Tish Frame, Pittsburg, CA
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Gary:
I have lived here in the hills of Pittsburg since 1985. This has never happened before.

Just a short while ago, I heard some loud banging, like someone slamming my wooden gate. Over and over. I went outside. Some of the neighbors were there pointing at the rooftops. THERE WERE TURKEYS flying from one roof to another. I spotted two on my neighbor’s roof and two on mine. I grabbed a camera, went out back, and discovered that a HUGE FLOCK of turkeys (I counted 17, but there may have been more off on other roofs or in other yards) was flying into my backyard. They were all going for the grape vines (the grapes are now shriveled raisins, whatever is left of them). What an amazing sight!
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Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 2 Comments »

Cat and garter snake are best of friends.

Tiger Lily and her garter snake friend. Photo by Stephanie Santos, Hayward, CA
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Gary:
I just wanted to share a picture of my cat Tiger Lily and her friend, a neighborhood garter snake, who came for a visit and hung out in the patio.  I really enjoy your column. Have a great day,
Stephanie Santos, Hayward, California

Stephanie:
Curious, how our pet cats will sometimes interact with unusual creatures. Many years ago I has a tabby named John who I would occasionally find sitting out on our back patio next to an alligator lizard. One of my present cats, Jazz, has this thing going with a skunk and its family. Jazz will often sit at the sliding glass door in my home office and look out at a female skunk standing on the other side of the door. They’ll just sit and stare at each other. In the spring, the skunk will bring her babies and they’ll all  stare back and forth, just inches away from each other, separated by a pane of glass. Interesting. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Under: Alligator lizard, Cats, Skunks, Snakes | No Comments »