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Upmarket Jersey suburb is invaded by more than 100 VULTURES...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 8, 2013 | Helen Pow

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.

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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: vultures

1 posted on 03/08/2013 12:16:00 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
They wouldn't be there if there wasn't a food source. I feed my black vultures possums, raccoons, and coyotes that happen to waltz into my kill zone in my South pasture.
2 posted on 03/08/2013 12:21:00 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Uncle Chip

I love vultures. They are humble. They just want what no one else has use for.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 12:23:31 PM PST by married21
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To: Uncle Chip

Is it coincidence that 100 is the number of US Senators, or has our Senate moved north?


4 posted on 03/08/2013 12:24:30 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: Uncle Chip

At first, I thought the U.S. Senate was coming to town, then I read the excerpt.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 12:25:07 PM PST by Real Cynic No More
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To: Uncle Chip

Did they receive an invitation from the town’s lawyers, or did they drop in unannounced?


6 posted on 03/08/2013 12:27:28 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Why does it cost $500 per carcass ?


7 posted on 03/08/2013 12:28:40 PM PST by katykelly
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To: vetvetdoug

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.


8 posted on 03/08/2013 12:30:25 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: andy58-in-nh

“professional courtesy”


9 posted on 03/08/2013 12:30:57 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Pollster1

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.


10 posted on 03/08/2013 12:31:46 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Bridgewater NJ is not really what you call ‘’upmarket’’.


11 posted on 03/08/2013 12:32:28 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Uncle Chip
...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.

I wonder if this would work with ambulance chasers.

12 posted on 03/08/2013 12:32:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Uncle Chip

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!


13 posted on 03/08/2013 12:33:51 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: katykelly

Because you have to wrestle the carcass away from the wake of vultures first before you can hang it.


14 posted on 03/08/2013 12:34:08 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Incidentally just read where a gathering of vultures around a carcass is called a “wake” — a wake of vultures.

I've been to a few family gatherings where that name would be appropriate, given the behavior.

15 posted on 03/08/2013 12:34:25 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: Uncle Chip

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!


16 posted on 03/08/2013 12:34:57 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Uncle Chip

0bama minions?


17 posted on 03/08/2013 12:35:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Uncle Chip
In Ohio it is an annual event. Hinckley Buzzard Day

The Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is great!

18 posted on 03/08/2013 12:35:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


19 posted on 03/08/2013 12:36:20 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Cowboy Bob
A target shoot.

2nd Amendment celebration.

20 posted on 03/08/2013 12:37:40 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Cowboy Bob

Pics from last year in Hinckley Ohio

http://fox8.com/2012/03/15/pictures-2012-buzzard-day-in-hinckley/


21 posted on 03/08/2013 12:37:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Uncle Chip
"To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."


22 posted on 03/08/2013 12:37:48 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Afternoon.

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.

5.56mm

23 posted on 03/08/2013 12:38:07 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: jmacusa
Bridgewater NJ is not really what you call ‘’upmarket’’.

So then these vultures might really be real estate agents???

24 posted on 03/08/2013 12:39:43 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
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.

Proud graduate of The Sam and Dean Winchester School of Pest Control.

25 posted on 03/08/2013 12:42:32 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
In Cleveland the event is so much a part of life that the Powerhouse Rock station WMMS made the Buzzard their icon.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 12:42:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Uncle Chip

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..


27 posted on 03/08/2013 12:43:25 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Uncle Chip

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...


28 posted on 03/08/2013 12:45:29 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


29 posted on 03/08/2013 12:45:40 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

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.


30 posted on 03/08/2013 12:47:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Coming up, March 17.
31 posted on 03/08/2013 12:51:06 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Yuppers.


32 posted on 03/08/2013 12:53:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: jmacusa

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.


33 posted on 03/08/2013 1:16:57 PM PST by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: Paladin2
A target shoot. 2nd Amendment celebration.

The 2nd Amendment has been unconstitutionally suspended in NJ.

34 posted on 03/08/2013 1:23:07 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Uncle Chip
Hmmmm...The swallows return to Capistrano......The vultures return to Bridgewater......Sounds vaguely romantic.
35 posted on 03/08/2013 1:48:31 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Uncle Chip

Oh, I thought you were talking about Lawyers!


36 posted on 03/08/2013 2:11:01 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: katykelly
Why does it cost $500 per carcass?

For the union installed telephone pole? ;-)

37 posted on 03/08/2013 2:26:04 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Average Al

That makes sense .


38 posted on 03/08/2013 2:48:39 PM PST by katykelly
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To: mylife

Perhaps Christy’s chickens have come home to roost!


39 posted on 03/08/2013 2:59:09 PM PST by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


40 posted on 03/08/2013 3:13:30 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Cheapskate

I think it’s just a spring thing.


41 posted on 03/08/2013 3:21:30 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: heartwood
"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."

Time to hire a better cook don't you think? ;-)

42 posted on 03/08/2013 4:53:05 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Average Al

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.


43 posted on 03/08/2013 5:25:42 PM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood
"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. ;-)

44 posted on 03/08/2013 5:45:57 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Uncle Chip

Buzzard’s Luck:
Can’t kill nothin’
Nothin’ won’t die.


45 posted on 03/08/2013 5:46:00 PM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: Uncle Chip

Cristy was visiting and was said to be feeling poorly. Yummy. Go vultures!


46 posted on 03/08/2013 10:55:57 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Sequoyah101

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.


47 posted on 03/08/2013 11:14:18 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

Vultures, bullies and politicians are all alike... weak cowards.

The little hawk has valor.


48 posted on 03/09/2013 10:31:06 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Uncle Chip

vultures (working in concert)caught killin calves in Texas.

Workers servicing
cell towers hate it when they use it as a roost.


49 posted on 03/09/2013 1:36:28 PM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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