M n M’s~

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Look who dropped by The Holler today, M n M’s, Mother Nature’s Maids!
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They keep things clean around here,

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but don’t like me coming near.
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They open their wings to seem imposing,
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while Holler trash they are busy disposing!
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Good birds, they keep the sunflower field tidy.
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Yep, we have sunflowers in December!
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The birds & the bees love em.
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I couldn’t just leave you with photos of vultures could I?
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Cheers to you from The Holler Housekeepers and some December sun~

209 thoughts on “M n M’s~

  1. I’ve never seen their wings like that before, Didn’t even know there were white feathers under them πŸ™‚ Now, your beautiful sunflowers? sigh! I miss summer already πŸ˜€

  2. I saw the notification in my mailbox, and I cheered. “Yeah…Cindy just posted pictures of chocolates,” and off I went to see what delicious treats you would torture us with…and then those eyes in the first picture looked at me like it was saying, “Really…more chocolate?”
    Oh well, thanks for bursting my bubble. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Wow! I’ve never seen one up close like in your photos! I’ve seen buzzards or maybe they were vultures circling high in the sky. Your photos of these big birds are wonderful! πŸ˜‰

    • Ahhh, I am so happy and surprised. I thought a lot of people would be repelled. I’m not. They are fascinating birds and your comments make me happy I posted. Thank you!

  4. We have our share of vultures here in Florida. I call them nature’s garbage men. Just think how awful tithe world would smell without their assistance.

  5. I use them to clean up the fish that sometimes die in the ponds. Just toss them over the fence and within a couple of days, in come the vultures. Drives my little dogs nuts to see those big birds perched in the trees. Great Pictures and I think they are Turkey Vultures with the red heads.

    • They are indeed turkey vultures. It doesn’t take them a couple of days at The Holler. I’ve had numerous occasions to watch them. They arrive amazingly quickly here, but wait forever, to make sure the intended is actually deceased, and then they have a decorous pecking order, on who dines first, not the the melee’s I saw in Africa. Their immune systems must be simply incredible. Their nicitating membranes are unusual too. They deploy them so constantly around a kill, that I often have photos of these blind looking vultures hopping around. They are so well designed and serve such an important ecological function. I would hate to think what The Holler would be like without them.

    • I figured we all needed some sunflowers after the somber and serious vultures. Their wings are gorgeous and they are impressive fliers due to the long wingspan.

  6. The last time I saw a Turkey Vulture was when we were on Safari in Khajuraho and there had been a kill by the tigers. They were all quite happy.
    Leslie

  7. I grew up with turkey vultures circling overhead, Cindy. These guys are charmers in comparison to the black buzzards of the Everglades that can tear up a camp looking for food faster than a bear. You will often see the vultures up in trees early in the morning with their wings spread along the American and Sacramento Rivers. They are letting their wings dry prior to taking flight. Great photos as always, and nice sunflowers. πŸ™‚ –Curt

    • I always read they open their wings to cool down on hot days, and to dry as all birds do, but these guys were opening their wings with one purpose in mind, to look big and scare me off. I have heard they will disgorge things on you if you get too close! Those Florida ones sound awesome, tearing up a camp like a bear! Wow! I would love to see that~

  8. Turkey vultures spread their wings out is an incredible sight. At that same raptor rehabilitation center I volunteered at, a resident turkey vulture who would spread her wings out just like that – to warn us to stay away like you said (letting us know when bad/good times to clean her aviary might be!) or, after she’d bathed, to help herself get maximum exposure to the sun to dry off (as Curt Mekemson said above). And, in this way, turkey vultures and sunflowers have something in common don’t they? πŸ˜›

    • Since we live on a mountain, they do this at eye level frequently, and you are exactly right, it seems like they are practically sleeping up here in the drafts, like a kite with no effort. Amazing! Quite perceptive of you too~

    • Everything I read says they wait for the smell. Not at The Holler. I wonder if that’s because there are so few people here and they are less cautious. They move in asap, long before you or I could smell decomposition. I am sure they get the olfactory particles though. They always wait a long time by the corpse though to make sure it is dead which I am sure is a good idea. It is my fault entirely that we are having this conversation! Sorry! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  9. Oh, thank you for sharing your December sun and those stunning sunflowers…seems long since I saw any! Stunning photos and the birds are quite remarkable and definitely imposing! Have a lovely sunny weekend! πŸ˜€

  10. Beautiful sunflowers. We had a pet lovebird who loved sunflower seeds. I’d never seen a vulture with its wings spread out before. Thanks for the lovely pictures, Cindy. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  12. These pictures do justice to both the magnificence of the vulture – they are my watchers every day! They do what I do, clean up messes others leave behind lol! The sun flower pictures are amazing too Cindy! They are natures “stop signs” to stop for a moment and appreciate where you are in the moment. Much love and light to you!

    • I love both your descriptors which are perfectly apt, and I love how you fit yourself into the pictures as just another nature’s child, which of course we all are~ <3

  13. Westerners call them buzzards, but they are turkey vultures. I’ve seen them sunning with their wings cupped many times. In flight, they are amazing. They’re great to include in fiction, because it helps set certain moods.

    • They certainly do. They spread their wings for three reason, to cool down, dry off and to intimidate. If they don’t like you, they will barf on you. Penguins do this too. Brids are little living dinos!

  14. Fantastic photos, as always, Cindy. Great to see the vultures up so close, they’re usually so far away. I appreciated your emphasis on the importance of this bird, and chuckled at the end with your parting question and the sunflower field.

    • I felt like I needed to give some kind of counterbalance since vultures are not everyone’s idea of interesting. I am really gratified that people recognize both their importance and their amazing design. Bloggers are smart people.

  15. I know many people consider vultures ugly, but I find them magnificent. Our own version here, the turkey vulture, has a feathered head and is super handsome. Wonderful photos.

    • Yay!! I am so glad you see this! They are such exquisite fliers. We live on a mountain and I love to watch them kite by in the wind drafts. Someone said they wouldn’t want to smell what the vultures were eating, but they have such good eyesight, they prefer to eat fresh prey whenever possible, which is how it works at The Holler. I know something has died when they cluster, and they clean it up immediately here which is invaluable. Plus they are amazingly well designed for what they do. 🌻

  16. Excellent photos. You must have one of those cameras that can capture details from afar. To be honest I would not want to get too near those birds because they might think of me as Lunch or Dinner!! LOL!!

    Also when I first saw the title I was thinking about my brother Stephen’s favorite candy M&Ms!! LOL!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

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  18. Gee, Cindy, I knew one day I’d check over here and find your lovely Owls gone, but replaced with Vultures? Yikes!! I suppose they’re necessary creatures, but they’re just not as impressive as my beloved Owls! And thanks for the sunflowers — ours are long gone!

  19. Hey Cindy– it’s incredible that your photos seem to be so distinct and close up to those amazing vultures! –and love the sunflowers. When we lived in southern Spain the hills were covered with them April through June! glorious! hugs!

    • Yes, I remember the huge fields of sunflowers in Spain and France. Gorgeous. Sunflower fields make a beautiful sight, brightening up landscape wherever they are. Hugs back to you my friend~🌻

  20. Wow! Beautiful shots as usual Cindy! I am jealous of you having sunflowers in December as we have snow on the ground today πŸ™‚
    I especially love the shot of the birds with their wings open!

  21. Cindy, years ago I saw these giant birds with red heads in high treetops in Connecticut. Since I had no idea what they were, I called the tribal natural resources director and she said they were vultures. I cannot forget how scary they looked – a whole flock of them.

    • Yes, that is them. They do cluster in trees when they think food may be available soon and they are quite distinctive so you definitely would remember them the first time you see them!

  22. I want to walk along the sunflower field ~ I love the bright yellow petals!! (OH and M&Ms are yummy chocolates here so at first when I saw the blog title I thought it would be pictures of them.. hehe!) <3

    • I know, it was misleading, but hopefully humorous, that’s why I had to give you lots of sunflowers to brighten your day like you brighten mine~ 🌻🌻🌻

  23. I know Mother Nature loves all her children, but the vulture sure is a homely fellow, isn’t he? I saw my first one last year in Florida and was shocked by his ugliness. Poor dear. The sunflowers are gorgeous. In December? Amazing.

  24. My one and only sunflower is long gone and its seeds are now under the snow, Cuz. Just had a bit of winter pass through here, and another blast is on its way for this weekend. Are those Turkey Vultures? As to your previous question, I’d have to answer that in a less public forum. Hugs….. πŸ™‚

  25. M n Ms HuH? I prefer those little creature picker uppers that clean the sidewalks, back walks, and around my cat food dishes….i call them possums; Patty’O, Harry’O, and Blossom Opossum. Gotz me plenty of their clan. AND i have pansies in December so Nah Nah Cindy. ~~dru~~

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