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Vultures Swarm N.C. Neighborhood
ABC News Blogs ^ | 02-16-2013 | By Alexis Shaw

Posted on 02/16/2013 6:09:13 PM PST by Redcitizen

Thanks to a mild winter, swarms of turkey vultures have made themselves at home in Shelby, N.C., but town residents are wary of their neighbors. While the birds normally pass through the city while migrating south for the winter, the vultures have been sticking around this year, swarming lawns and making residents nervous. "We are just not getting cold enough to push them along," Kristen Duren, an intern with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the state agriculture service, told ABC's Charlotte, N.C. affiliate WSOC-TV. "What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: birds; globalwarming; nature; vultures
So...where are the bodies?
1 posted on 02/16/2013 6:09:23 PM PST by Redcitizen
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To: Redcitizen
Turkey vultures hunt by sense of smell while black vultures hunt by sight. Warmer weather probably means the trash in people's wastecans is more pungent than usual, so the turkey vultures are hanging around trying to figure out where the delicious odor of decaying meat is coming from.

It could also be that because of the poor economy, there is more discrete supplemental hunting going on and more vulture goodies to be had from deer and turkey kills than if people were eating storebought meat. I notice since the economy turned bad here that hunting has become more of an occupation than a sport, and the wildlife that were almost ridiculously friendly during the boom have become much more nocturnal and wary of people than before.

2 posted on 02/16/2013 6:23:56 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

I once saw a flock of migrating turkey vultures completely eat a large dead dog in two days. It was impressive to me.


3 posted on 02/16/2013 6:25:57 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: Redcitizen

I once worked in an office where a nesting pair of turkey vultures took up residence on the balcony. We named them Sid & Nancy.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 6:29:30 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: piasa
Went outside yesterday morning and there was a commotion as a black vulture quickly tried to take off from my lemon tree by the house...

I looked around trying to see what it could have been interested in but couldn't find or smell anything but lemons and lemon blossoms. I know they can be attracted by even the smallest thing like a dead wren or mouse so I looked closely all around, to no avail. Maybe it was just coming down for wsater, but it was weird seeing him there. Or maybe it was embarassed that it got caught in the unseemly act of sniffing flowers.

5 posted on 02/16/2013 6:30:39 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Always plenty of dead deer or other road kill to keep them happy. I’ve had five of this in my yard resting that I could walk right up too. Those suckers huge. I won’t want to hit one with a car.


6 posted on 02/16/2013 6:31:37 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Average Al

this = these


7 posted on 02/16/2013 6:32:19 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Redcitizen
It's good to know- maybe it would take a day and a half to two day to dispose of a fat liberal, or would that make even buzzards vomit?
8 posted on 02/16/2013 6:36:00 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Redcitizen

Used to have a plethora of species at the feeder. Now I find myself chasing crows. Omen?


9 posted on 02/16/2013 6:37:45 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: piasa
Buzzards migrating south from Hinckley OH to Miami. Don't worry, they will turn around and head back north in a few weeks. Buzzard Sunday on March 17. Pancake breakfast at the elementary school, craft show in the gym.
10 posted on 02/16/2013 6:38:39 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: piasa

They could live off of Michael Moore for a year.


11 posted on 02/16/2013 6:38:39 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Squawk 8888
I once worked in an office where a nesting pair of turkey vultures took up residence on the balcony. We named them Sid & Nancy.

That was a Vicious thing to do...

12 posted on 02/16/2013 6:40:57 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Average Al

They are the size of friggin’ Pteradactyl here in Georgia.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 6:42:49 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: piasa

I’m in NC but about two hours north, near the VA border. Several weeks ago I had a sort of Alfred Hitchcock moment while driving. I passed a very large, old dead oak tree, still standing alongside the road, and it was completely filled with Turkey Buzzards.

That’s creepy looking, I thought to myself as I drove past, wonder why they’re there? And, just as I got past the tree enough to see the ground on the opposite side, I saw the large buck lying there dead. I guess it had been hit by a car or truck and made it that far before it collapsed and died.


14 posted on 02/16/2013 6:48:17 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: piasa

I didn’t know that about black vultures. I thought all ‘new world vultures’ located food by smell, but you are right.

I once saw a program where a handler had this huge griffon Vulture and asked the host of the program to smell it. Supposedly it smelled like fresh laundry, like actually really good. The handler had a deathlock on its neck so it wouldn’t pluck out any eyeballs though.

Freegards


15 posted on 02/16/2013 6:48:56 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: Average Al

They’re actually pretty scrawny or so I’ve been told, that size is comprised of mostly feathers and bones. Still wouldn’t want to tangle with one personally, but a barn owl would do more damage to your car if you were to hit one.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 6:52:17 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: piasa

I would say 3 days for a Lib...if the vultures had sufficient ketchup.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 6:59:52 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: Redcitizen

A few years back I saw a lot of vultures jut east of my house. The trees were full of them, and there were several sitting in a circle, all facing inward, on the railroad track. All just setting like they were having a conclave or some type of meeting.

A few minutes later they all flew away and I went to where they were they had been setting in a circle to see what was there.

No blood, no hair, no hide, no bones. Nothing.

I never could figure what they were having a vulture meeting for.


18 posted on 02/16/2013 7:06:33 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Too old to cut the mustard any more.)
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To: piasa

“... would that make even buzzards vomit?”

No joke, don’t ever really frighten one of those buzzard-type birds. They react by puking and it ain’t a good smell. I read a story years ago about a pilot who ran into a flight of buzzards in his two-seater biplane. One wound up vomiting in the open cockpit ahead of the pilot and he said he couldn’t get on the ground fast enough and hose it out.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 7:11:26 PM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Do you ever go north on I-75 from Atlanta?

There’s a big pylon billboard around mile marker 282, a little south of the Allatoona Rd exit, on the east side of I-75, where big gaggles (conclaves? What do you call a bunch of vultures gathered together?) hang out.

I swear I’ve seen more than 50 at a time there.

I’m pretty sure this is the location:

http://goo.gl/maps/kVzMf

The billboard is the V-shaped thing off to the right.

I saw them most recently when we went by there on a Friday in late January, and had the presence of mind to have Siri take a note as to the mile marker.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 7:29:08 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster
What do you call a bunch of vultures gathered together?

A Congress? No those are baboons.

A group of vultures may be a cast, committee, meal, vortex, venue and even wake.

Some sources state that a group of vultures circling in the air is called a kettle.

21 posted on 02/16/2013 7:46:43 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Redcitizen

Turkey vultures are very sociable creatures, attentive parents and do a good job of cleaning up the stinky messes. I give ‘em an A+.


22 posted on 02/16/2013 7:49:43 PM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That’s mighty interesting that you saw a gathering like that. Who knew they did that. But then again, I have limited experience with vultures.


23 posted on 02/16/2013 8:49:00 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: JPG
What a handsome devil!
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24 posted on 02/16/2013 8:49:48 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: P.O.E.

Could be more and more crows became aware of the free food and crowded out the other species. Nothing sinister IMHO.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 8:54:08 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: beelzepug
"They react by puking"

Yep, surprised one feeding on roadkill on a tall-tree-lined road.
It tried to fly away, but was too full to get above the trees...
It 'lightened its load' several times in order to escape...
26 posted on 02/16/2013 8:54:40 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I was going thru Green Swamp on my way to Shallotte, theres a sharp bend where deer get hit a lot.
I was coming to it from one direction, a 18-wheeler was coming to it from the other...
We both got there @ the same time to see 6-7 vultures dining on deer in the 18-wheelers lane...

Boy Howdy did the feathers fly!
27 posted on 02/16/2013 8:59:49 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Had a friend catch a barn own in his car grill a couple months ago. He drives a basic lib tin can so he wasn’t going that fast and the owl wasn’t hurt.


28 posted on 02/17/2013 3:56:51 AM PST by Average Al
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To: Average Al

own = owl


29 posted on 02/17/2013 3:57:39 AM PST by Average Al
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Got any pics Swampy?


30 posted on 02/17/2013 4:00:34 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: JPG
"Turkey vultures are very sociable creatures, attentive parents and do a good job of cleaning up the stinky messes. I give ‘em an A+."

The Dems could use some turkey buzzards to clean up after their follies as well.......

31 posted on 02/17/2013 4:01:01 AM PST by Average Al
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To: piasa

I’d be pretty concerned if I saw buzzards circling over my head with nothing else in sight..... :-)


32 posted on 02/17/2013 4:03:18 AM PST by Average Al
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To: Redcitizen

Well the Dems were in Charlotte for their convention......
The buzzards probably follow the flies.....


33 posted on 02/17/2013 4:05:53 AM PST by Average Al
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To: Redcitizen

If you really want to see something check out this link. HUNDREDS of Bald Eagles nest along the Fox River in WI each winter.


34 posted on 02/17/2013 4:11:32 AM PST by Average Al
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To: Average Al

Well the link would help. Here is is:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130130/GPG0101/301300391/Photos-Bald-eagles-along-Fox-River


35 posted on 02/17/2013 4:13:07 AM PST by Average Al
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To: Redcitizen

“I once saw a flock of migrating turkey vultures completely eat a large dead dog in two days. It was impressive to me.”

I once saw red ants strip a lizard to a skeleton in 6 hours.

Glad they don’t fly.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 4:19:38 AM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: beelzepug

You know why vultures’ legs and feet have a whitish tinge to them? Their feet are whitish because they poop on them. Vulture poop is white and runny and as it evaporates on the legs it cools them off.


37 posted on 02/17/2013 4:20:31 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: P.O.E.; Tax-chick
Vultures Swarm N.C. Neighborhood<<<

Mayfield Place?

Used to have a plethora of species at the feeder. Now I find myself chasing crows. Omen?

ART:
You know how Suzette is about her bird feeder.
These crows start showing up out of nowhere.
She's all over my back to get rid of'em.
"The crows are too big for the bird feeder," she says.

CAROL:
I don't remember seeing crows around here before.

ART:
Oh, big bastards too.
That's why I got the gun. I'm gonna pop a few.

RAY:
Why didn't you go with Suzette to her mother's?

ART:
Hey, I'm eating here. Can you imagine me and the two of them alone for a week?
I'd rather chew broken glass.

38 posted on 02/17/2013 4:28:25 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Squawk 8888

What have you got against Turkey Vultures to saddle them with such awful names?


39 posted on 02/17/2013 5:38:58 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: 45semi

Lol!!!!


40 posted on 02/17/2013 5:41:49 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Hardastarboard

Yepper. More proof that its “global warming”.


41 posted on 02/17/2013 7:10:33 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Hardastarboard

Yepper. More proof that its “global warming”. /S


42 posted on 02/17/2013 7:10:43 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: listenhillary

Oh, man. That’s just nasty. A lot of people don’t realize we have vultures up here in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve seen them out here in the islands. They keep a pretty close eye on the beaches for dead stuff washing up.


43 posted on 02/17/2013 11:29:54 AM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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