Birds create buzz in Carthage neighborhood

March 8, 2012 3:33:19 PM PST
Turkey vultures are roosting by the hundreds in a backyard in Carthage. Residents said it looks like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds."

It's happening in a neighborhood off Dowd Street. Residents there told ABC11 that they don't know what to do since the number of turkey vultures seems to grow by the day.

The birds have decided to make two trees in Annie Percell's backyard their home.

"Just started flying around my house and demolished my furniture on the deck back there and started tearing the top off my black car out here," said Percell. "They tore my umbrellas up from my tables."

The birds are federally protected so they can't be harmed. Experts said the turkey vulture population is booming because of an abundance of road kill, especially here in North Carolina.

Residents said the birds are very plentiful late at night or early in the morning.

"They sit on the cars and they fly over and mess your car up," said resident Hilda Ross. "They're walking out in the yard. They're really frightening. They're scary and there's nothing it seems like we can do about it."

Wildlife officers said the removal of a few dead trees in the area could make the birds leave the area.

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