Archive for August, 2006

Turkey Vultures Invade NJ Town
A flock of turkey vultures, 75 strong, has invaded Florence, NJ, just south of Trenton. These are the big, bald-headed birds that first excite casual birders with their size, then disappoint with their gangly, common appearance. Doesn’t help that they’re smelly, eat carrion and creepily lurk in flocks on trees.
No one is sure what drew the birds to Florence, but the town is working to persuade them to leave. Suprisingly, they are bothering with the dispersal methods that have long frustrated subarban gardeners: metallic ribbon and beach balls with big eyes. According to the AP, they’ve hung effigies of dead birds. It’s NJ, so eventually they’ll just hunt them.

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