Hopefully this will be my last post on these creatures. Unless something weird happens, that is.
I finally got some pictures. I was on the road alot yesterday. Taking my son to the dentist and taking one of the littles to school. I kept passing this area near my home where the buzzards were taking care of business with a road kill deer. So I thought to go home and get my camera. But the funny thing is....these don't look like turkey buzzards. We also have big big blackbirds that come around when the buzzards are gone. At first I thought maybe these were the black birds. But they aren't, but not sure what kind of buzzards/vultures they are. Maybe that is why they are staying longer here this year.....because it is a different roost. Anyway, enjoy these pictures, HAH.
These birds have a wingspan of 9 -12 feet. They can glide for up to two miles. When I see them high in the sky gliding like that, makes me a little envious as it looks so peaceful.
As I have said before they are migrating birds so you can't kill them. I called so many places asking for help on what to do. I would get another place to call. Finally I got ahold of the ODNR (Ohio dept. of natural resources). Okay here is what they wanted us to do. They wanted us to pay them $100 for them to come a put a dead buzzard in our trees hanging upside down. Strange, yes. And we were to pay them $100. Then now get this, we had to wait because they only had three in other areas and they would bring one of those to us. I asked if they didn't stink.....not sure what they said. Why have to wait when we have 200 they could have. Anyway they never got the dead one........I finally said can't we kill a couple and then we could have one and give you one. The answer......are you ready........YES........but we had to pay them $50 for a license to kill them. Are you kidding me. Finally they sent a rep. from ODNR to our house. They gave us a flare gun to shoot in their direction to scare them. We were allowed to use fireworks as well. Okay, that was about 4 years ago, obviously that didn't work. Oh, and when the rep. was there our tree hugging neighbor came out to say that he was against killing anything. Okay, fine, go back to your house......hah. So fast forward to this year. We have a new neighbor. He bought the house next door that belonged to Dave Longaberger's girlfriend (when he died.......baskets in case you didn't catch the name). So when the buzzards started coming around, we could hear him banging pie pans or something. We had to laugh, like that was going to work. My husband went over to talk to him........I don't think he thought we knew anything. My husband has been shooting at them with a pellet gun.......it hits their chest (he's a pretty good shot) and they sit there a little ticked off and then fly away. I can tell you that things will get serious if they don't leave here soon. I have heard shots from another neighbor. That neighbor was in the National Guard and sent to Middle East a few years ago......I doubt it is a BB gun, just saying.
Now someone (Jo from It's my Story) asked if we could cut down the trees. Yes, we could but there is a forest of them.......40 - 50 maybe on our property. That would be big bucks and alot of clean up.....way too expensive.
Another suggestion from the internet still makes me laugh. They suggested to shake the trees......I have shown you pictures in previous posts of what how tall our trees are. That's funny. I think the trees they are thinking of wouldn't even hold these birds.
So we are tired of our cars, home, sidewalk, everything covered in this white stuff.
Okay, this is all I have and truthfully it is making me a little sick talking about them so much.
Today I am headed to Doodle's school (not my granddaughter....the one I was a Nanny for for many years) She has a special lunch day that she only wanted me to come, not even her Mom. Her mom is like a daughter to me...she has never been upset over Doodle and I being so close. I had to give up my Friday off to switch with the girlies to go. Doddle's mom said she felt bad. My response was that Doodle was 8 1/2 and in a few years she wouldn't be asking me. But maybe she will.........I have visions of Doodle picking me up from the nursing home and taking me on car rides.
Have a good day. I hope you can read all this without it sticking in your brain forever. I am done on this subject........xo