Vultures swarm a neighborhood every day in Shelby, N.C. instead of migrating south like they normally would during the cold winter months, ABC News reports Feb. 16. While the large birds aren't hurting anyone, their sheer presence is said to make some of the residents nervous.
Why are the turkey vultures sticking around? Kristen Duren, an intern with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, said this winter season hasn't been cold enough to "push" them out of the area.
“We are just not getting cold enough to push them along,” Duren said.
There aren't just a few vultures that are swarming the neighborhood, but well over 100.
“What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds,” Duren added.
The birds have a tendency to make a huge mess in people's yards, but they mostly just perch on the trees sunning themselves. On any given day there will be over a huge flock of vultures seen on one tree. A survey was received by residents in the neighborhood about whether they should remove the birds. For the time being, the vultures are enjoying the mild winter temperatures right where they're at.