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Vultures Circle Hastings Apartment Complex

A flock of turkey vultures camps out at Hastings Gardens

Update: I called Con Ed today (Monday) about the possibility of a gas leak, and they referred the call to the Hastings Fire Department, which checked it out promptly. Fire Chief Robert Russak reported to police that there there is no gas in the area, but there may be a slight odor because old oil tanks are being removed. However, he said the vultures are likely here for another reason. This is mating season and they tend to cluster together — so apparently Hastings Gardens is one of the lucky spots.

Turkey vultures converged on the Hastings Gardens complex on North Broadway yesterday, with as many as seven at a time perching atop a towering Norway spruce.

Neighbors said they haven't seen any dead or dying animals in the area that would attract the birds. However, one resident pointed out that vultures are also drawn to the scent of gas, and she said she was going to alert the superintendent. The scent of ethyl mercaptan is present in a gas leak as well as in decaying animals.  

Lizzie Hedrick June 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
All I can think of is the Hitchcock movie...
14EmptyStorefronts June 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
All I can think of is Stepford Wives
ILoveLizzie June 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
LOL Lizzie! When you comment it always brightens my day, even when it's raining. My stomach hurts. Hitchcock! You mean "The Birds" right? I saw that movie when it first came out and it was scary. I certainly hope those vultures don't start doing what those birds did. I think Tippy Hedren was the poor woman in that movie. With the years the fear of that movie has faded until today, with your wonderful sense of humor, I find myself laughing out loud about it. It takes a very special person to be able to turn around something like that, and that very special person is you Lizzie. Please post more often! You are the side-effect free anti-depressant1 Were you always so funny? Your family must have been in stitches when you were a kid, and it sounds like that wonderful sense of humor has only sharpened with time. Cheers to you. You sure cheer me! LOVE IT!!!
Mary Beth Fairmount Avenue June 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I remember the turkey vultures in "The Birds". I hope they don't multiply and end up my shower stabbing me to death, like the other scene in "The Birds," right? 14 Empty Storefronts what's that about, I don't get how the turkey vultures remind you of The Stepford Wives. There were no birds in that, just brain dead housewives. What's that gotta do with circling turkey vultures. Anyway, I think God created turkey vultures to make up for the killing of all the turkeys on Thanksgiving. (on a small side note, the fire chief's name is spelled wrong, it's not Ruccak. It's Russak. Robert Russak. Maybe those turkey vultures switched it, they have good sense of humor like Lizzie too. I love to read these stories. Thank you thank you thank you, very much. MaryBeth of Fairmont avenue.
Alison Bert June 05, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Mary Beth, your comments made me smile. More important, thank you for catching my error. I made the correction.

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