Saturday, 12 October 2013
Oct 12 Day 14 Extra! The Truth About the Hanging Eagle

You may remember this post from a few days ago. Sad Sight:  At the Guntersville Lock I looked up at a strange object hanging from one of the light standards. Binoculars showed it was a dead eagle that had dove down to catch a fish that was already caught on a line and lure. It must have flown up with its catch, but then got the line caught around the arm of the light standard. “Out of respect for the eagle I didn’t show a photo.

The Truth

Well today we went back through the same lock and got the scoop from the lockmaster.  It seems a flock of White Winged Buzzards or Black Vultures were so numerous at this lock they were eating the calking around the facility.  To scare them away, our government spent $200 to stuff a vulture and hang it from the light standard. It’s kind of like a scarecrow or maybe scarebuzzard and it worked. The buzzards are staying away.   The lockmaster said that when tow operators ask about the bird, he says “It’s to scare away tows!” 

You read this first on this blog. A photo of the gruesome sight follows. Our eagles are safe.

Posted on 10/12/2013 4:36 PM by Bob Duthie
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