Lovettsville is the latest town to experience an invasion of vultures, who have found a ready roost in several favorite spots, notably the town’s water tank.
The birds have a respected position in nature cleaning up carrion from road kills among other things, but town leaders fear that the birds could cause damage to the tank, as well as bother nearby residents.
Town leaders are working to evict the visitors, but not with complete success.
The latest effort involved affixing three 6-foot-long, black and white inflatable orcas to the top of the tank.
Mayor Bob Zoldos acknowledged in a recent weekly newsletter that he wasn’t sure of the science of the proposal, but the town had been assured it would be a safe and inexpensive way to remove the vultures.
That proved not to be the case. Yesterday, several were seen quietly perched on the water tower, right next to the not-so-scary inflatables.
But Zoldos said today that’s a big improvement.
He said the number of birds on the tower has been significantly reduced—from around 50 down to about 10.
“We are not sure if that was due to the whales being placed on the tank, but are happy with the reduction,” he said.
Now on to Phase II.
“We have started banging on the tank legs randomly during the day to further encourage them to move on. We will continue with this light noise (tank leg banging) for a few days and determine if we need to move onto another step,” he said.
They also plan to give the whales another chance, by re-inflating and relocating them.
If that doesn’t work, the next step is the use of a fake vulture effigy, which is frequently recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has been used in Leesburg and other Loudoun locations in the past.