Monday, July 26, 2010

Vulture Pigeons

No, they are not a new creature in one of my books, unfortunately.

My husband’s ornithological activities have come home to roost in a decidedly creepy way. As I have mentioned before, we have quite a collection of birds who consider us the local dinery; lots of cute little brown birds and black birds whose names I don’t know; mockingbirds (who always make me think of the Hunger Games now) quail (with button size babies!) and charming ring necked doves, even a woodpecker or two. But the last couple of weeks we’ve been having these new birds—Vulture Pigeons we call them, and they are decidedly creepy. They look like they sound, hulking vulture-like pigeons with evil little yellow eyes and very curved, sharp little beaks.

And they are big.

And they move around in packs.

So every morning when I open the front door I hear this huge flapping of a bunch of giant wings as they startle and I cannot help but think of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS. If I ever stop posting here altogether, you’ll know what happened to me…

Edited to add a picture, per Vonna's request.

They look scarier in real life. Trust me.


Story Weaver said...

Ugh. I don't envy you *shudder*

Mary Hershey said...

Oh, dear!!! Perhaps a consultation with Aunt Clem or Nate is in order???


P.S. This is one of my favorite things about said husband- Bird Whisperer!

Vonna said...

Ooo! Post a picture!

Mel said...

Ooo how creepy....

Robin L said...

Nor should you, Story Weaver!

Consulting the beastologists is a great idea, Miz Mary!

And Vonna, I will see if I can dig up a picture.

Yes Mel, VERY creepy. And there were even more today! In fact that was the first thing I heard this morning; the large thudding flap of their wings.

dixie said...

This reminds me of Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,.....

An' the Gobble-uns 'at 'll gits you
Ef you
So you'd better be good!

Mae said...

They look like rock doves, only with a little crest on their neck.

Mel said...

Love the photo.

Tabitha said...

I've got some of those vulture pigeons. But mine are also psychotic, because they're trying to take over my house. As in, they keep trying to get *inside* my house. It's very disturbing.

They look so harmless, don't they? I'm convinced it's just to put you at ease so they can come at you with a surprise attack. :)