I was sitting at my computer early one morning watching cute kitten videos when I heard an all too familiar sound outside, I knew it was the gurgling sound of a vulture. (I use the word vulture to describe a predatory bird). These are big black predatory birds, some are the American Crow and some are the Common Raven, I can't tell the difference. When these birds see live prey they hover over it and make a gurgling sound.
It was about 8 a.m. when I heard the gurgling so I looked out the window and saw a vulture hovering over a Joshua tree. I knew right away that there is probably a bird's nest in the tree and the vulture is preparing to snatch the birds from the nest. I grabbed a broom and ran out to the tree, it's about 50 feet from my house, and scared the predator away, for a while. They always wait a while then return. It was the nest of a Great Horned Owl.
I spent the entire morning looking out the window to see if the vultures returned. When I saw a vulture I ran outside and chased it away with my broom. This went on for several hours but I couldn't keep it up all day and night. I could only hope the mother owl returns.
These photos show the timeline of events.