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.  

Mark June 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Yikes! Not that you'd do it today, but no sunbathing!
Elizabeth Holdstein June 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Saw two last week on my front lawn eating a dead squirrel, then saw a deer family grazing down the street....are we living in a nature preserve?
LetItBe June 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
No Elizabeth, it's called planet Earth and we share it with other species. When they go, we go. Hastings once was a paradise of wildlife. Native Americans scooped oysters from the Hudson and opened them on a large rock above Reynolds Field. We've displaced too much already
ItsOverHastings June 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
It's not dead animals and it's not gas. It's Hastings that's dead. The downtown is boarded up, it's tradition of diverse residents has been replaced by uniform yuppies, the administration is insulated , and armed criminals are rampant. Let's welcome the buzzards to pick Hastings bones.
Alison Bert June 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Turns out there no gas leak - it's just mating season. I wrote an update at the top of the article.
Katie Ryan O'Connor June 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
So interesting! (And a little creepy)
14EmptyStorefronts June 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
vultures over Hastings, not to worry, all's well.
Alison Bert June 04, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Just think, soon there will be cute little chicks to take pictures of. Then they will grow up, and there will be more of these glorious birds to come home to roost.
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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