Speaking of vultures …

…which we are in today’s column, a French woman fell off a cliff. Vultures picked her carcass clean in under an hour.

That story here.

Vultures perch in a tree on Hammer Lane.

So watch your step when you’re in Colonial Heights.

Mel Stagnaro sends along a copy of a letter to the editor:

“There needs to be some balance to Micheal Fitzgerald’s mostly negative column on Turkey Vultures before someone starts a Citizen’s posse armed with mylar balloons.  What Fitzgerald and those he interviewed did not mention is the incredible air show that these birds put on, twice daily. Each morning the birds leave their perch and glide effortlessly in circles as they catch wind thermals that take them higher until they set off to work a more rural area. In the evening, when they return, you get the same show in reverse as they circle lower and lower until they land. It is astonishing show with sometimes 15 to 20 birds in the air at once. And these birds are huge, almost the size of eagles. Many nature lovers would drive 30-60 minutes outside of town to view a take-off and landing of a flock the size found on Hammer Lane. And the fact that this show is right here in the middle of Stockton is, well, “special.”

“Okay, I admit that I may have a different opinion if they were perched in trees over my driveway …” he adds.

I let neighborhood residents set the tone of kvetching. But Stagnaro is right. Vultures are natural wonders.

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