Westerns and buzzards.
We've all seen the western show where someone is missing and what do we see but those big birds soaring in the sky to clue us in someone's in trouble.
While from afar they look majestic, up close~not so much.
Truly, they have the face that only a mother buzzard would love. The birds we see soaring above are actually Turkey Vultures.
I often wondered how they survived before highways and automobiles were invented. I'm sure when the roads and cars came along and roadkill animals littered the lanes, the birds must have truly believed the Lord had given them a long buffet table.
In fact, buzzards are the cleanup crew of the bird world. With their keen sense of smell and eyesight, they patrol the land and highways for dead animals and make quick work of the roadkill. Despite their scary appearance, they don't kill animals and only feed off the dead.
In literature, the vulture is often used to symbolize death.
Now, we don't want to end on that note, so we'll go to the roadrunner. The Chaparral bird.
They are widely found in the southwest and are a symbol of good luck. They are a cocky little bird and afraid of little. They feast on lizards, snakes, other birds, and whatever they might find and catch.
They make the most odd clattering and clicking noise.
As you read stories set in the west, picture buzzards soaring in the skies, listen for the clacking noise of the roadrunners, and let your imagination add to your enjoyment.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the little bits of information about these birds. I live in Texas, and we have both of them in our area.
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Have a blessed day,
Patricia PacJac Carroll