Skip to comments.Upmarket Jersey suburb is invaded by more than 100 VULTURES...
Posted on 03/08/2013 12:16:00 PM PST by Uncle Chip
If vultures are a bad omen, one New Jersey town should brace for disaster.
More than 100 of the sinister black birds descended on Bridgewater this week, spooking residents.
But authorities are more concerned about the damage the vultures will do to the properties they're congregating near.
Resident Tim Friar said he'd seen the birds gather in the same area before but never this many.
'I noticed them about two years ago and thought, now that's a big bird,' he told nj.com. 'Then I started to see an ungodly amount. It's just eerie.'
'Vultures like pine trees and evergreen trees because they still have the needles that offer protection from the elements,' Rein said. 'They typically nest later in the season but they don't build nests in trees, rather on the ground an in caves or abandoned barns.'
The residents believe the trees the vultures' were previously living in may have been knocked down in the storm, forcing them to find a new home in their neighborhood.
The birds can occasionally attack people or animals, though they feast on dead creatures rather than the living.
As creepy as it sounds, Rein said the best way to tackle a vulture invasion is to hang a dead vulture carcass, or effigy, upside-down from a tree with the wings spread in the area they're congregating.
'The vulture effigy is a visual deterrent to the birds for that season but they may come back in future seasons,' Rein told nj.com.
The affected Bridgewater residents were planning to chip in to pay for the effigy, which costs around $500 per carcass.
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I love vultures. They are humble. They just want what no one else has use for.
Is it coincidence that 100 is the number of US Senators, or has our Senate moved north?
At first, I thought the U.S. Senate was coming to town, then I read the excerpt.
Did they receive an invitation from the town’s lawyers, or did they drop in unannounced?
Why does it cost $500 per carcass ?
Was in Fla a few years back, right after a cold spell that killed a bunch of tilapia. The vultures were everywhere, especially hung out around the crocs because they smelled like dead fish.
Maybe the vultures read where most of those in this neighborhood voted for Obama[care].
Incidentally just read where a gathering of vultures around a carcass is called a “wake” — a wake of vultures.
Bridgewater NJ is not really what you call ‘’upmarket’’.
I wonder if this would work with ambulance chasers.
Jeez. Why are they complaining? If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Why don’t they have a Buzzard Festival or something? There are other places that do this out West. I guess Jersey residents are too used to being spoon fed by the government to have any imagination!
Because you have to wrestle the carcass away from the wake of vultures first before you can hang it.
I've been to a few family gatherings where that name would be appropriate, given the behavior.
The affected Bridgewater residents were planning to chip in to pay for the effigy, which costs around $500 per carcass
um... give me a 22 and some string and i’ll do it for half the cost!
The Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is great!
There was a house in a near by town that had a couple dozen on its roof - big mess.
We’ve had a dozen or so come circling in in the evening to roost in the pines - vulture guano on the rhododendrons, so pretty.
I used to try to throw stones at them but I have a terrible arm. Maybe a slingshot.
For years I looked for black vultures whenever we went down South - never saw them, never could put them on my list. The first ones I ever saw were here in NJ, and now they’re everywhere.
2nd Amendment celebration.
Pics from last year in Hinckley Ohio
If I had read all the posts on FR today, I could unequivocally say, that yours is the post of the day.
Don't know why that rhymed.
So then these vultures might really be real estate agents???
Proud graduate of The Sam and Dean Winchester School of Pest Control.
They must smell the death of the Republican Party in Jersey..
Chris Christy is only a little more republican than Chris Matthews..
And Ann COulter must be trippin on some boadcious weeds..
Christy and Myth Romney don’t have that tingle up the leg kind of action..
Ann seems to be sucking on a very nasty Bong..
Locally, we have a large flock of buzzards (turkey vultures, actually) that hang out near one of the big snowbird retirement communities. I guess they figure it’s just a matter of time...
Could be. The two towns to the east of Bridgewater, Plainfield and South Plainfield are two urban dumps, low-rent to the core if you know what I mean. But to a Second-World society as Britian has become Bridgewater probably looks ‘’upmarket’’ to them.
When I was a teen we even made a semi professional 16mm film about Buzzard Day.
I think National Lampoon ripped us off with Groundhog day!!
And for the record Punxatawney is just across the border in PA.
You are right, Jersey has no imagination.
You’re right. These vultures must not be too smart. If they’d just travel a few miles west into Hunterdon County, you usually can’t drive a mile without seeing a dead deer along the side of the road. Almost as plentiful would be if they headed a bit north towards northern Somerset or Morris counties.
The 2nd Amendment has been unconstitutionally suspended in NJ.
Oh, I thought you were talking about Lawyers!
For the union installed telephone pole? ;-)
That makes sense .
Perhaps Christy’s chickens have come home to roost!
It’s the funniest thing. A group of vultures has taken up residence on top of BP’s building and won’t go away. They crap all over the place and circle the building all day long.
As to how to get rid of them, there is a secret that usually works and I have used it on the farm successfully.
I think it’s just a spring thing.
Time to hire a better cook don't you think? ;-)
I’m the cook. A very good one too.
Now there is another dead deer in the field. The more vultures the better and the sooner the better - because cleaning dead deer dog puke of the carpet is no fun at all.
Doesn't say much for the dog food you have been offer the poor dog. ;-)
Can’t kill nothin’
Nothin’ won’t die.
Cristy was visiting and was said to be feeling poorly. Yummy. Go vultures!
Came to the edge of a cornfield in NJ and stopped short to watch three big vultures picking away at a woodchuck or something. Suddenly they all hopped about 10 feet away like prize-fighters to their corners. I thought I had spooked them.
Then down came this little hawk to take a bite, and then he flew back to the top of the telephone pole nearby where he had gone unnoticed by me. And the vultures moved back in. A minute later they all hopped back to their corners as the little guy came back in for more.
This continued until I got bored and left. It was really amazing to see those huge vultures (5 to 6 foot wing-span compared to the little hawk’s 15-inches ?) do their quick-step as soon as the hawk lifted his wings to glide down. He barely gave them a look either.
Vultures, bullies and politicians are all alike... weak cowards.
The little hawk has valor.
vultures (working in concert)caught killin calves in Texas.
cell towers hate it when they use it as a roost.
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