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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Vultures have moved into a very tall tree above our house and car. To say there are "bird droppings" is an understatement. Not to mention our house looks cursed. What can we do? Many bird dispersal methods won't work because the vultures are perched so high. The keys are timing, persistence and diversity. Notice what time they congregate and be ready to preemptively target them at those times, every day, until they leave. Subject them to loud noises such as an air horn or distress calls.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Vultures have moved into a very tall tree above our house and car. To say there are "bird droppings" is an understatement. Not to mention our house looks cursed. What can we do? Many bird dispersal methods won't work because the vultures are perched so high. The keys are timing, persistence and diversity. Notice what time they congregate and be ready to preemptively target them at those times, every day, until they leave. Subject them to loud noises such as an air horn or distress calls.
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June 27, 2004
IN PENNSYLVANIA -- after years of political wrangling over who will profit -- lawmakers last week reached a deal potentially bringing 61,000 slot machines to as many as 14 sites around that state. Watch now as gambling's arms race heats up in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Maryland's slots vultures -- the heavy hitters vying for the big, easy money of state gambling licenses -- feverishly circle. In West Virginia, there's a push to add table games to slots. In Delaware, sports betting may be offered with slots.
NEWS
July 20, 2008
According to the memoirs of Samuel Mason, two types of squirrels had been known to live in Harford County at the end of the 1800s, the gray squirrel and the red squirrel. The last red squirrel Mason observed in the area was spotted July 22, 1944. Through research and investigation, Mason also noted the appearance of mockingbirds in the area, which were "rare in Harford County much before 1920," and Japanese honeysuckle, "which has deluged Harford's wood to their eventual devastation." Mason's observations of nature, published in 1955, also indicate that few deer and no beavers were present in the county earlier in the 20th century.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 29, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Debbie Rowe, former wife of Michael Jackson, testified at his molestation trial yesterday that he was surrounded by "opportunistic vultures" who created problems for him and then tried to profit from them. Rowe, called by prosecutors to support a conspiracy charge against Jackson, instead depicted him as a victim of a conspiracy by his own employees. Prosecutors had said Rowe would testify that a videotaped statement in early 2003 supporting Jackson had been heavily scripted to favor him. Instead, in her second day of testimony, she said yesterday that she had refused to look at the questions in advance of the taping and that she had been eager to give answers largely supportive of him. She described Jackson as "generous to a fault, good father, great with kids, puts other people ahead of him, brilliant businessman."
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By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1999
There's something unsettling about driving into the depths of the mini-Grand Canyon that is Lehigh Portland Cement Co.'s quarry in Union Bridge. It's not so much the trapped feeling from being in a 300-foot-deep pit or the 50-ton trucks rolling by -- it's the dozens and dozens of vultures circling overhead.They come here to play.The vultures are drawn to this site near the Carroll-Frederick border by the wind currents in the 64-acre quarry. As they soar above the pit, they are pushed upward, as if they were flying over a huge vent.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | October 12, 2003
Home decor is creepy, crawly and plain old scary this Halloween. You'll find everything from eerie vultures for the yard to skeleton candelabras for the dining room. Astrid Stevenson, public relations director at RedEnvelope, a catalog and internet gift company, says the goal is to "transform your family home into your personal haunted house." So, what are you waiting for? It's time to dress up the house.
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By James Dao and James Dao,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 19, 2003
RADFORD, Va. -- The day the vultures arrived here was a moment made for Hitchcock. No one can say why they came. No one really saw them arrive. They were just there one morning last November, sitting in pine trees near the center of town. Hundreds of them. Black, beady-eyed and slightly menacing. Smelly, too. Road-kill smelly. "It would take your breath away," said Thomas K. Adams, a local farmer whose girlfriend lived across the street from the vulture roost. "A barnyard smelled clean by comparison.
NEWS
October 10, 2001
Solo Soarers These vultures are primarily solitary, which means they like to hunt, eat and fly by themselves. They sometimes do spend their time with other vultures, drinking from lakes and streams and roosting at night in pairs. What's for DINNER? Vultures eat carrion, or animals that are already dead. Do you KNOW? How do these birds locate a meal? Answer: They soar high above the desert of Africa, spot a dead animal and land on the ground to eat. Learn MORE! Visit the white-headed vultures at the Baltimore Zoo. Read Vultures by Lynn M. Stone.
NEWS
July 20, 2008
According to the memoirs of Samuel Mason, two types of squirrels had been known to live in Harford County at the end of the 1800s, the gray squirrel and the red squirrel. The last red squirrel Mason observed in the area was spotted July 22, 1944. Through research and investigation, Mason also noted the appearance of mockingbirds in the area, which were "rare in Harford County much before 1920," and Japanese honeysuckle, "which has deluged Harford's wood to their eventual devastation." Mason's observations of nature, published in 1955, also indicate that few deer and no beavers were present in the county earlier in the 20th century.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV | January 21, 2007
If you've driven by Oakland Mills High School in the early morning or evening, you might have noticed strobe lights flashing from the roof. The lights are a way to repel about 100 turkey vultures that roost on the roof and rip away patches of material in the process. The vultures started showing up in November, and school officials are illuminating the strobe lights every day from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Maintenance workers are exploring the use of reflectors to repel the birds.
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By EDWARD GUNTS and EDWARD GUNTS,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | March 18, 2006
Though best-known for its Orioles and Ravens, Baltimore is apparently a pretty good place to raise baby vultures, to the chagrin of a renovation team at a local mansion. For the second year in a row, a black vulture, one of a migratory species protected by law, has laid her eggs inside the Ruscombe Mansion, a vacant, 1860s-era dwelling targeted for renovation near the Coldspring New Town community. So final repairs to the place - at least the part occupied by the bird - will have to wait for nature to take its course.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | January 27, 2006
In the late afternoon sun, dozens of ominous, dark-winged birds soar over the quiet Gables at Columbia community in Long Reach village. They perch on the evergreens, land on roofs and chimneys, swoop down on a rotting tree by a nearby pond. The vultures of Howard County are back - and residents from Columbia to Glenwood are fed up. "The other day, I was out here, it was like a tornado and black funnel of them," said Margaret Dymond who lives near the Gables, one of several neighborhoods in the county coping with the noise and mess of the flying scavengers.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 29, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Debbie Rowe, former wife of Michael Jackson, testified at his molestation trial yesterday that he was surrounded by "opportunistic vultures" who created problems for him and then tried to profit from them. Rowe, called by prosecutors to support a conspiracy charge against Jackson, instead depicted him as a victim of a conspiracy by his own employees. Prosecutors had said Rowe would testify that a videotaped statement in early 2003 supporting Jackson had been heavily scripted to favor him. Instead, in her second day of testimony, she said yesterday that she had refused to look at the questions in advance of the taping and that she had been eager to give answers largely supportive of him. She described Jackson as "generous to a fault, good father, great with kids, puts other people ahead of him, brilliant businessman."
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2005
TO MOST PEOPLE, parking in Baltimore and most other cities is too expensive and too hard to find. To Donald Shoup, it's too cheap and too available. Shoup is a professor of urban planning at UCLA and the author of a recently published book, The High Cost of Free Parking. At 733 pages, the book, published by the American Planning Association, is long - but Shoup's message is short and sweet. He argues that the conventional decades-old urban policy of providing free or subsidized on-street parking and requiring off-street parking for new development contributes to congestion and discourages alternatives to automobile transportation such as mass transit, walking and bicycling.
NEWS
June 27, 2004
IN PENNSYLVANIA -- after years of political wrangling over who will profit -- lawmakers last week reached a deal potentially bringing 61,000 slot machines to as many as 14 sites around that state. Watch now as gambling's arms race heats up in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Maryland's slots vultures -- the heavy hitters vying for the big, easy money of state gambling licenses -- feverishly circle. In West Virginia, there's a push to add table games to slots. In Delaware, sports betting may be offered with slots.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 30, 1996
Once again This Just in Presents a collection of strange occurrences on Earth during the planet's most recent revolution around the sun.All of these stories are true. They were culled during 1996 from news wires by this columnist and his extensive network of keenly observant associates to provide further proof that strange things have always happened in this world, but probably with greater frequency since the American League instituted the DH.Dateline: ShanghaiA man who robbed a house made a big mistake the next day when he asked a woman at a bus stop for directions.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | October 12, 2003
Home decor is creepy, crawly and plain old scary this Halloween. You'll find everything from eerie vultures for the yard to skeleton candelabras for the dining room. Astrid Stevenson, public relations director at RedEnvelope, a catalog and internet gift company, says the goal is to "transform your family home into your personal haunted house." So, what are you waiting for? It's time to dress up the house.
NEWS
By James Dao and James Dao,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 19, 2003
RADFORD, Va. -- The day the vultures arrived here was a moment made for Hitchcock. No one can say why they came. No one really saw them arrive. They were just there one morning last November, sitting in pine trees near the center of town. Hundreds of them. Black, beady-eyed and slightly menacing. Smelly, too. Road-kill smelly. "It would take your breath away," said Thomas K. Adams, a local farmer whose girlfriend lived across the street from the vulture roost. "A barnyard smelled clean by comparison.
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