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Old 02-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
 
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Default Anyone ever had buzzards roost in their yard?

I know this is an odd question but on my work route, there's a house with a huge number of them in a tree. I assume that's where they live.

When I was at another job, an entire office building (not my bldg) was inundated with them. I've never seen so many buzzards in one place in my entire life--it was a 5-6 floor building with the mirrored exterior. They were EVERY.WHERE.--all over the building and in all the surrounding trees. It actually looked sort of scary.

I've only seen them flying or grouped around roadkill---it's very rare that I see them in any other setting so that's why I'm asking.

Do they build nests? If someone had this problem in their immediate living outdoor space, how do you get them to go away?

And why are the trees always leafless where they roost? I thought I read somewhere that their droppings kill the tree or its leaves, or something, but I could be wrong.
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I have no idea, but just don't stand still for too long around there! LOL
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Yes. We have turkey buzzards that soar in the wind currents. There are usually about 10 or more. I enjoy watching them do that. And they will be in the trees and they look just like the ones in the cartoons. I think if they wanted Casey could be a snack. But I thought they preferred dead animals. No??

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I've never seen a wake of vultures nesting, but there's some town not too far away that celebrates their annual return.....or maybe their departure?
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When DH worked for this one mortgage company, he was on the 5 floor and turkey vultures would fly by the window and occasionally sit on the window sill. He and his coworkers said they were waiting on all the loans dying on the desks.


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I'm trying to tell you......that office building had at least 50. At LEAST. I know it was more. I would take that direction on the way home just to gawk. It was truly an unforgettable sight. That was almost 10 years ago; I drove by there last year to gawk again but evidently they cleared the buzzards out. How, I have no idea.

The tree on my present work route looks like there may be home to about 20 or so. They're only there in the mornings, apparently.

A couple of years ago, a lady was featured on the local news who had a ton of them roosting on her house/trees. There were a LOT of them, but not as many as that office building had. I'm surprised that the office building was never a news item because it was in a major business area.
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When I see them in the trees it is in the mornings. I hope I do not look too bad in the morning that they mistake me for dead. They look so creepy in the tree but when they are soaring in the wind currents they look really graceful.
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Hinckley!

That's where there's a buzzard event every year.

Buzzard flocks create a buzz in Ohio - USATODAY.com
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When I see them in the trees it is in the mornings. I hope I do not look too bad in the morning that they mistake me for dead. They look so creepy in the tree but when they are soaring in the wind currents they look really graceful.
+1 to the bolded. I don't know a thing about buzzards, but we live in a fairly rural area, and I was shocked when I realized the huge, graceful birds I saw soaring in the sky were buzzards, not hawks. It's true, they don't look creepy at all when they're flying.

Every once in a while, I'll notice about a dozen or so roosting in a tree on the edges of our property, and, uh, yeah....the sight is kind of disturbing. I'm not sure if it's simply because I know it's buzzards, or if it's because they're just so darn big and menacing-looking. Maybe they're not such bad guys/gals? A couple of times when they've hung out for a long time, I've gone out there and looked up at them (from a distance, haha) and said "Hey....what are you buzzards doing hanging around here?" Most of the time they ignore me. Occasionally they will fly off, one by one, in a way that says "We aren't leaving because of you, we simply have somewhere else we need to be now."
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we live in the middle of a wilderness. while i have seen turkey buzzards pecking and pulling at a dead rabbit within our community, we mostly see them on the highway outside our community, perched on branches, swooping low in front of cars across the highway, or just loitering. and their size and numbers do look intimidating up close, but i think i'm the only one i know who finds them cute ... in a buzzardly kind of way ...

anyway, recently i counted about 18 of them that had surrounded a roadkill possum (that sucker was big). i pulled over and rolled my window down to look at them close up (i love their pink heads) and one of them looked at me like he was about to give me the feather ... seriously. they all stopped and stared at me and i felt that i needed to slowly drive away, which i did. awkweeeerrrd! get it? awk?
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we live in the middle of a wilderness. while i have seen turkey buzzards pecking and pulling at a dead rabbit within our community, we mostly see them on the highway outside our community, perched on branches, swooping low in front of cars across the highway, or just loitering. and their size and numbers do look intimidating up close, but i think i'm the only one i know who finds them cute ... in a buzzardly kind of way ...

anyway, recently i counted about 18 of them that had surrounded a roadkill possum (that sucker was big). i pulled over and rolled my window down to look at them close up (i love their pink heads) and one of them looked at me like he was about to give me the feather ... seriously. they all stopped and stared at me and i felt that i needed to slowly drive away, which i did. awkweeeerrrd! get it? awk?
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One time my husband was driving past a church that had a square, gothic-looking tower. He absently thought to himself, "I never noticed the gargoyles on that tower before." Just then one of them moved -- they were turkey buzzards, perfectly spaced on the tower with their wings outspread to dry the rain off.

I always think of that when I go past that church.
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One time my husband was driving past a church that had a square, gothic-looking tower. He absently thought to himself, "I never noticed the gargoyles on that tower before." Just then one of them moved -- they were turkey buzzards, perfectly spaced on the tower with their wings outspread to dry the rain off.

I always think of that when I go past that church.
oh my goodness. that was an omen. a sign of the apawkalypse. get it? awk?
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You guys are making me laugh. apawkalypse. hahahaha.

Our city park and surrounding area is the current roosting spot for hundreds of crows. You would think it really was the end of the world by the way people react. I even had a call a few years back from a lady who said her lawn was full of starlings and that the city should kill them all.
Um, no. They're birds not a hoard of vampires or zombies. They aren't dirty, they aren't disease riddled, they won't grab up your kids or your kitties. No, their poop won't kill your lawn or trees. No, they won't stay forever. Without crows and gulls and vultures and the like, we would be overrun with dead animals and garbage.
So I just tell people here to put some earplugs in at night (crows ARE loud at night), don't walk under the trees when the birds are most active (unless you want to get pooped on), grab your camera and take some pics and enjoy the show.
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I love a loud flock of starlings.

It gives me a good, kinda freaky feeling.
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I love a loud flock of starlings.

It gives me a good, kinda freaky feeling.
Here are just a few of the starlings and crows that visit me most days. And to tell the truth I am a bit envious of those who get to see the vultures. : )
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Jeepy, I really like the first pic; it's neat how you caught the bird's wing movements.
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Jeepy, I really like the first pic; it's neat how you caught the bird's wing movements.
Well I'd like to say it's because I'm a talented photog with an expensive fancy schmancy camera. But I'm much too lazy for that. I have a cheap camera, never use any of the settings, and I was crawling along the floor in the house trying to take a pic before they saw me. Those little ba$tards have the best eyesight!! : )
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