One of the things we like to do is scan headlines for mentions of our local area. On one such excursion into the underbelly of the web, we came across a story that could have been appropriately saved for Halloween. As Heather MacWilliams at WTVQ in Lexington said, "It's a page out of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds... swarms of black-headed vultures feeding on living things." I could have saved this story for Halloween, but after watching Stephen King's The Dark Half
the other day, in which a swarm of sparrows devour a person whole, I thought I'd get the warning out sooner.
Recently it was reported that some 40 black-headed vultures swarmed in and attacked a farmer's newborn calf in the Maysville area.
"I'm not afraid of much but it sent a cold chill up your back just to see them ... They were in a semi-circle and just watching me," remembers Maysville farmer Eddie Gerhard.
"They were just all over the calf... on it's back and body. When I went to them they'd already pecked that calf's eyes out and had a hold in it's side."