100-plus Black Vultures flock to woman's Sumner County land
Dec 18, 2012 07:08 PM
Reported By Todd Dunn, Video Journalist - bio | email
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. -
A Sumner County woman says that more than 100 Black Vultures have made themselves at home on her White House property.
Jeanne Gurnee, who lives on 25 acres of land, told Nashville's News 2 it is not unusual to see wildlife such as deer and turkeys roaming on her property.
However on November 2, Gurnee said a large flock of Black Vultures showed up on her land and have been there ever since.
"I have a calendar and if anything interesting happens I usually make a note of it and so on November 2, I put vultures arrive because it was quite unusual and then I found myself writing vultures still here," Gurnee said.
According to Gurnee, the large birds of prey return to her property each morning where they enjoy bathing in a creek. Following the bath, the birds then stretch out their wings and dry.
"They are very clean birds," she said, adding, "When they are out in the hay field drying off after bathing they are wing to wing all the way along in a big line as they face the sun. It is quite impressive."
Gurnee said in the past month-and-a-half the birds have become accustomed to seeing her come and go and that she has been able to take photographs of the birds standing just a few feet away.
"When I get out of my car they will be on the ground around and really don't move very much," Gurnee said.
She continued, "I think people look at this big black bird and it has such an ominous look to it but I have gotten over that very early. They are not ominous at all."
Gurnee added that she has counted as many as 130 Black Vultures in her yard at a time.
Black Vultures are a protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, making it illegal to kill them. The birds can be found in Tennessee year around.