Thursday, May 8, 2014

They're Back

Just as I was settling down to a nice hour of game shows...Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy...you know that this week is the Champion of Champions week (I just made that name up...I have no idea what they're really calling it)...when I looked up through the transom window and nearly fell from my seat. Ackkk! They're back. Cue the da da da dum music.

~The Vultures Return~

 It might not have been so bad if I had not recently listened to a Bible teacher I respect discussing the fact that carrion eaters (to include eagles and condors by the way) are growing to large numbers. I'll leave you to figure out why that is disturbing. It is not my job to  connect the dots around here.

~How Many do You See?~

Anyway, let's just say this is a long way from The Robin's Return. My plans? I don't have any...yet. Do you know how to get vultures to move along?  


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42 comments:

  1. Oh my! We did see quite a few vultures on our drive east. We kept looking to see if they might be eagles.

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  2. An Alfred Hitchcock scenario of The Birds with vultures would be a scary one. How about a wooden spoon and a metal pan to create some noise to drive them off?

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  3. Ewww...We have a pigeon issue..no clue how to rid vultures.

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  4. Bird shot?? Eeeek, big birds and their po...yuck. I usually clap my hands to run off starlings...some times it works. The clanging of the pans used to work for my neighbor in town. Good luck, xoxo, Susie

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  5. Hopefully they are just passing through. When I see the buzzards circling in the sky is when I get worried. We have an abundance of large blackbirds...I'm guessing ravens, not sure. The martins are really agitated about them.

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  6. They usually only come around when something has died. I would be checking that out.
    I love Jeopardy and I think it is called the Battle of the Decades Champions. I can usually get all of the questions they ask about Illinois right. :-)

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  7. Eeeww....NO idea. Hopefully they will be moving on soon.... Enjoy your day!

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  8. We have a mockingbird chattering away outside the lanai this morning. Do you remember the old movie, Funny Farm? He's going to write 'the great American novel' and sits down at his desk to write and a bird starts chirping. At first he chirps back but then it starts to get on his nerves and he tosses his coffee at the bird. When we hear a lot of chirping....I say, There's never a cup of coffee when you need one. Probably need a pot of coffee AND the pot to get rid of these big birds though! Hugs!

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  9. My zen room is off of the master bedroom and we have several (new to me) bird houses that house the most chattiest loud birds - nice song but oooohhhhhh so early - and here I was having complaints in my head this morning. I cannot even for one split second imagine enjoying my favorite brainiac tv viewing to look up and see THAT, Vee. My word that's disturbing.

    Perhaps they're just passing through - but just yikes. Take your vitamins, haha. Hugs.

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  10. Good grief. Who wants to view vultures through a lovely transom window?
    Aren't they everywhere? We see them when the farmers plow the fields. I usually ask them, "What do you want here? Don't you eat dead things, for goodness' sake?"
    I realize that they serve an important function, but they're still creepy.

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  11. OOO, just the word VULTURES scares me.....but then, it's a known fact that I am a wus !!!

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  12. Remember the movie 'The Birds' by Hitchcock? Just sayin' ;-)

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  13. I know you've talked about vultures before, but can't remember if they moved into the neighborhood or were just occasional visitors. Not the most attractive things, are they?

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    1. They are all over here and have been for about a dozen years. Still, I don't think they need perch so close. It's a big forest.

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  14. Ugly birds-call some one for help! the last time I saw them was in Texas but they stayed close to the woods and pastures. Do you have cows or cattle close by?

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    1. LOL! No, this is a residential neighborhood. There is a river very nearby and I know that they must be near water.

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  15. I'd say shoot them, but I'm sure you have all kinds of city ordinances in your little village!
    They are menacing looking creatures. where they there long last year, Vee?

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    1. Turkey vultures are protected by law. believe it or not. They migrate south in November.

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  16. We have turkey vultures everywhere here in Pennsylvania. A local mall had to resort to using an air cannon to keep the massive numbers of crows off their mall property. It is really creepy to see all the trees filled with these birds….

    Deanna

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  17. Not exactly the variety of bird one wants to view through the transoms.
    Whenever I've seen them here they seem to be working on some road kill. Ugh!
    We do seem to have a large amount of crows or some sort of huge black birds swooping through the pine trees in our backyard.

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  18. I have no idea how to get rid of vultures, Vee. One of my granddaughters found a small bird in my tiny waterfall pond, that was beheaded. I couldn't even look and I'm still trying to figure out how it happened. Eek!!

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  19. How about a BB gun? The sound may be enough to scare them.

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  20. LOL... I would only worry about a juicy deposit on my head. How about setting off some firecrackers?

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  21. I have no idea how to get rid of the vultures either, Vee,You must have some careful drivers up there in Maine, the vultures here in the south keep busy eating our road kill.~smile We are having problems with raccoons, and fox eating our chickens! I will try and have a talk with the robins to visit you soon. Enjoy your day.
    Sue

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  22. Do you happen to have dead deer carcass lying around? That's what draws them here. They are without a doubt a very ugly and yucky looking creatures. Good luck, Vee :)

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  23. AHHHHHHHHH! That creeps me out, as does the comment by the Bible teacher.
    I realize that it should not creep me out (Biblically and spiritually speaking) but the sight of the vultures gathering is just flat out creepy to me.

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  24. And whatever you do, don't lie down in the grass and make cloud pictures. This is not the time. Just sayin'...

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  25. I have no idea how to move them along.
    I usually see them flying around but rarely sitting in trees.

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  26. Vultures will leave when there's no food source. If you live near a road with a lot of road kill, of some of carrion, they'll stick around. They're not a bad omen or anything like that. They're an important part of God's Clean Up crew. You probably know this but just don't touch them or their feathers, they carry disease. *ick* ~:)

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  27. I don't know about these vultures Vee, I'll have to ask the hubby, he's much wiser than I on these matters. You haven't had any bread fall from the trees have you? Or better yet, meat?

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  28. I was thinking there must be something "dead" hiding out there in the bushes. Never had that problems. Thank goodness. Hope you find a solution.

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  29. They've been hanging out there every year haven't they Vee? It must be a natural habitat for them to return to each spring. I googled it and Wikipedia states that it's illegal to take, kill or possess turkey vultures. Ha ha. So don't be shooting any. They are creepy looking but they do clean up carrion. I haven't seen them here yet this spring but I know they will show up soon.

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  30. As much as I love birds, I have to say that these creatures are the exception. Ugh, they are so ugly, too. That is kinda creepy, to look out your window and see several sitting there almost like they are lying in wait. I'd say make lots of loud noise and see if that helps get rid of them.

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  31. I thought they only came when there was a carcass to feed on. But what do I know. I guess this would be one time not to "lift your eyes unto the hills …" but keep them lower.

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  32. Ugh, I love birds but those turkey vultures are the ugliest thing! We have a growing population too.

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  33. Well, I quite like having the eagles hanging around in the winter...but am glad that the turkey vultures stay away. Hubby has something that might work to scare off your vultures...a noise-maker pistol whose sole purpose is to chase away the trumpeter swans that have taken up residence in our fields. It seems to work...at least to move them to the neighbour's fields!

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  34. I'm sure those vultures do a needed job of eating field mice or other pesky rodents, Vee. There is a section of my community that is trying to attract falcons and eagles by putting up raptor poles and perches so that they will decrease the prairie dog population. It seems prairie dogs carry fleas, and possible illnesses, so people whose houses are in their boundaries are not too happy. Rattlesnakes also take care of the prairie dogs, but everyone prefers raptors! I'm sure they'd even welcome vultures.

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  35. I need to read some of the ideas. I think calling the health department would be a start. Actually, I don't think they'd care.

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  36. Vee, you crack me up with the "it's not my job to connect the dots here"! hope they leave soon . . .disturbing, to say the least!

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