UPDATE: with video
The Chimney Hill community in Felton is trying to get rid of some unfriendly neighbors.
Dubbed Operation Vulture Vanish, the community will come together shortly before dusk to try and convince turkey vultures that have taken up residence to find a new home.
According to a press release, “The Felton Community Fire Company will be shining high-intensity lights at the vultures and local residents will be making noise in an attempt to get the birds to relocate.”
According to the press release, “For more than a year, the housing development of Chimney Hill, northeast of Felton, has hosted large concentrations of turkey vultures that have decided to roost in the community. On some evenings, more than 200 of the large, carrion-eating birds have spent the night perching on homes in the area.”
Turkey vultures can engage in a number of destructive behaviors, including tearing roof shingles, and removing vent seals and window caulking, the press release notes.
“Even when passive, vultures can be very unwelcome guests,” the press release notes. “They have highly acidic stomach liquids and urine and regurgitate a foul-smelling, corrosive vomit as a natural defense. Their sharp nails and beaks are highly destructive to manmade surfaces, like roofs and automotive paint. Communal roosts, like the one the birds have established in Chimney Hill, can be used for years by successive generations of vultures, which can have a lifespan of 20 years.”
Dealing with turkey vultures is complicated, the release notes, because they are a federally protected species. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, turkey vultures cannot be physically harmed without a federal permit.
The effort will begin at about 4:45 p.m. at the entrance to Chimney Hill community is located at Andrews Lake Road and Fire Box Drive, Felton.