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Wild of the Week: Sitting vultures to luckless watersnakes

We double up on WOTW this week.

Rich Anzalone sent this on the vultures:

Dale, these turkey vultures sun themselves every morning on the roof of Central School in Lemont. There’s about 30 of them total. They roost in a nearby grove of trees. I took these pictures Sunday morning, August 18th at about 8am.

There’s something vaguely disturbing about that second photo of the vultures on the school roof. I believe there was a school scene in Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

Peter Calderon tweeted these two tweaks on the antics of a snake, spotted while fishing:

I was fishing the sauganaski slough and stumbled across this snake trying to swallow a bullhead cat pic.twitter.com/BSwlHUqjoL

@BowmanOutside do you know what type of snake, by the way, he had same luck we had (the fish got away).

Looks and acts like a northern watersnake.

Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes and doings around Chicago outdoors, runs on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Sundays, as warranted.

As the fall and winter come, I also mix in Buck of the Week: Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, on Sundays.

There are a multitude of ways to send nominations of WOTW or BOTW: Unplugged: on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).