Turkey Vulture Time

Apr 17th, 2023

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Turkey Vultures have arrived in town! You may hear our officers out and about using the whistle gun, as the sound helps move them along. Below are some tips to help keep the vultures at bay:

How to keep away vultures - Vultures are big birds which can be a nuisance in residential areas. The truth of the matter is that vultures are not a threat. However, they are heavy birds and can cause damage to property. Their sharp talons scratch the surface on which they land. They have unusually heavy droppings, these cause damage to property, dirty your property and are eyesores. Scaring away the vulture is the only option. Killing them is illegal as they are protected under the bird act.

The easiest way to scare any bird away is by making loud noises. This technique will work on vultures too. You can make noises by putting on loud music, clapping hands. The noise will scare away the bird. It is advisable to do this immediately the birds land on your yard.

Shiny objects can deter vultures. The back side of the CD is shiny. It will act as a good deterrent. Simply tie a cd to a helium balloon. Make sure the string you attach to the balloon is long enough. Position the balloon near the spot where the vulture perches. However, this method will not always work; the bird may play with the balloon.

Among the most effective methods of keeping away vultures or buzzards as they are also known is making roosting impossible. Shaking trees on which they perch before nightfall will work. Shaking the trees will make the bird look for another place to perch. Repeat this every day until the bird finally gives up and goes away. Vultures look for food during the day and sleep at night. They are most problematic at night.