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What Does It Mean When A Dozen Vultures Show Up to Watch You Tee Off?

Vultures on the fifth tee

Donte' Ormsby, web designer extraordinareKevin Wood, REALTOR in Tucson, AZ5:45 a.m. and three of us had a tee time at the Santa Rita Golf Course in Vail, AZ.  We played nine before starting the workday.  I thought I was doing pretty well until we reached the fifth tee.

We were greeted by a sight I'd never seen.  Donte' Ormsby (who lives on the course) told us that these vultures roost in this huge tree every night.  That's Donte' on the right.  (He's the man who created my website mikeintucson.com)

The vultures were catching the day's first rays, stretching and talking amongst themselves, when Kevin Wood (left) stepped up to do the honors.  Kevin's a REALTOR with Realty Execs in Tucson.

I'm out'a here!"Ready?" he said.  He saw me with the camera pointed upwards, and expected that the birds would take flight when he rocketed the golf ball down the fairway.  He was right.  The birds didn't hang around.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsMike Jones • July 01 2009 12:16AM

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That's kinda scarey Mike. I saw vultures at our zoo and they're kinda big

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Sally,

They were huge!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Uh, something smells dead. It must have been me as my game really stinks - LOL...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hmmmm, from Hawks to Vultures?  Was play all that dead?  Glad that you could get out before going to work.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Don,

Same golf course!  We also saw four Roadrunners. 

Michael,

I see where you're going on this, and you're probably right...  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Ummmm - dont' take too long to make that shot ... you might get pecked on to move along.  :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 10 years ago

Carol,

Pecked on is something I can stand; it's those other bodily functions I worried about.  Got away unscathed, though.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Fortunate that they were just roosting there and not feeding on something.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Lenn,

I did ask them to recommend a good breakfast place, as this golf course is 34 miles from my home as the crow vulture flies.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Great shots! Good you were able to snap them. I'm glad to see you teed off and got moving!! I'm not sure I'd want to get too friendly with that bunch!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 10 years ago

"What Does It Mean When A Dozen Vultures Show Up to Watch You Tee Off?"

Let's see...

  • Your golf game is going to bury the competition?
  • Too much golf gone bad?
  • Vultures looking for golf tips?

Glad you escaped the other bodily function. Kate Ford

Posted by Kate Kate almost 10 years ago

We have these in Wisconsin.

Doth quoth the Raven...

How come we dont see a pic of YOU teeing off??  Or, were you driving the beer cart!!!


:)

Kool photo Mike!

D

Posted by Darin Osenberg (Funky Quail Vintage) almost 10 years ago

Another good reason to avoid slow play. Golf can be a dangerous game.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

Terry,

LOL. 

Darin,

My excuse is that I was the guy behind the camera.  Reality is that it's usually four to get on the green and three to get in.  :)

Kate,

I'm going with your third suggestion!

Dorie,

They're a somber bunch, aren't they?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

There are just too many one liners running through my head!

 

All that blogging and time for golf too?

Posted by Dawn Heinemann, The Peter DeLuca Team (Long Realty Company) almost 10 years ago

I showed an estate home in the country that was 10,000 square ft with 2- acres of land. The home way vacant, and I kept hearing some noise from the chimney. I went out back, thinking that maybe something was loose on the roof. It was a buzzard sitting on the chimney.

While we were driving back, the buyers had forgotten about the house, but not the buzzard. It's just not a good sign.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 10 years ago

Years ago after summiting a mountain a group of us were lying in the sun on the flat rocks at the top, resting and cooling off.  Some napped, and when we awoke there were buzzards circling us...LOTS of buzzards circling us...creepy!

Posted by c m almost 10 years ago

That's kind of creepy, Mike!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 10 years ago

A bit wierd Mike lolol. Hichtcock would have been proud of you. 

Posted by LLoyd Nichols, SW Florida Homes (Premier Florida Realty of SWFL) almost 10 years ago

This reminds me of the movie "The Birds" and I would have been kind of spooked having them up there looking down at me.  Cool picture!  When you look quick, it looks like bats!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 10 years ago

Sharon,

REAL BIG BATS!  LOL

Lloyd,

It's the strangest thing I've seen on a golf course!

Ann,

Yes it is!  Someone told a birding friend of mine that she didn't like vultures "because they eat dead things."  Said my friend, "So do we."  :)

Cheryl,

Now THAT's spooky!

Larry,

You hate when that happens!

Dawn,

Yup!  Golf, too.  Tee time:  5:30 a.m.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Hi Uncle Mikey:

pretty scary. Mom said it gave her the creeps.

Luv, Ryan

Posted by Ryan Jones almost 10 years ago

Howdy there Mike

Maybe them there vultures roost in that tree, every night. So they can be the first to play a few holes also. Before they head off to work. lol

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

Dale,

You're right; the buzzards roost in that tree every night.  They're stretching and gathering the morning rays before heading off to breakfast.

Hey, Ryan!

Thanks for commenting on my post.  I'd like to have you playing a couple of the courses out here with me; you'd probably beat my socks off.  Love you!

Uncle Mikey

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

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