When I was wondering what to write about this week, I saw a turkey buzzard as I turned into the neighborhood. The bird showed no fear of my car and simply stepped onto the grass while giving me a stare down. I’d say that was a bird with a message.
Buzzards like vultures don’t have the best reputation because they eat roadkill and other carrion. They are nature’s garbage personnel. If you ever experienced a garbage strike, then you know how important waste management is.
Still, the buzzard has about as good as a reputation as Wile. E. Coyote in the Roadrunner cartoons. His some Native American tales he is viewed as aggressive, a hoarder, and a bully because of his side.
Chasing other predators away from the dead animal could be considered aggression, but it is simply survival. Other birds are frightened because of his size, but they also fear the eagle too who is attacks live birds. Rather than focus on what the buzzard isn’t, let’s focus on what he does represent.
The buzzard represents purification of mind, body, and spirit. He reminds of that great goals take vision and patience.
Ever wonder how a buzzard knows something is dead and not resting? It uses its acute sense of smell and discernment. If you ever see buzzards circling in an area, they’re scouting for food and testing of something is dead or possibly dying.
Most large birds learn to use their energy carefully by taking advantage of thermal uplifts. They soar with very little effort as opposed to flapping their wings wildly. This efficiency helps the bird to climb to new heights. It also reminds us not to work harder, but to work smarter.
The buzzard can also teach us our own truth. There is a wisdom that is unique to you and the buzzard will help you find it. He also teaches us dignity, vision, and confidence.
Because the buzzard consumes dead flesh, it is the ultimate recycler transforming death into life. Death is change. The death of one thing is the beginning of something else. The buzzard reminds us the cycle of life is continuous and that we all play a vital part.
Cycle of Life
Soar to new heights
Wise use of energy