Could you imagine all the rotting flesh that would be sitting around if it were not for Vultures? The Turkey Vulture is a master of finding rotting flesh and eating it. If only we could have the intestinal fortitude of a Turkey Vulture, I could stomach my wife's vegan dishes. Never the less, the poor Turkey Vulture is maligned by most people and its greatest claim to fame is that Zone-tailed Hawks can look like them from a distance especially if you had one too many drinks.
I am trying to remember which famous birder said that the TV was his favorite bird. Was it Roger Peterson? I can see that. Here's to you Eater of Carrion, Denizen of the Blue Sky, Vulture of Turkeys.