|Last day at home- Click to enlarge|
The egg discovery was covered in a May blog and their hatching in the June 20th entry. They had grown up considerably since they were fuzzy little - well medium sized - balls of fluff.
Two days later I was headed past the old barn when I noticed black birds in the open center portion As I neared I saw two turkey vultures fly out the other end, then two black vultures. They were followed by the smaller chicks, awkward in flight and flapping rapidly like ducks. They were able to gain altitude across the field and clear the distant tree line.
The barn was built before 1900 and has seen its better days. One day it will collapse, hopefully long after we are gone. We have a picture of Christopher Columbus Meadows holding a beautiful horse beside it. It has stored our equipment, housed our harvested gourds and dried the garlic from its rafters.
With all this history, I think our favorite memory will be raising black vultures. We will always wonder which vultures circling the skies are "ours".
Note: Some day this fall we will post a video combining their nursery days.