NEW BEDFORD — The vacant and principally boarded-up three-decker at 193 Crapo St. is getting quite a lot of consideration.
From black vultures.
The creepy birds that are inclined to ship shivers down individuals’s spines in horror films have been seen hanging across the property and getting inside via damaged home windows on the third flooring.
Matt DaSilva posted on social media that he was strolling his canines on the road and seen a few individuals wanting up on the constructing. When he noticed what they had been — “demon eagles” he known as them — he ran and received his digital camera.
The black vulture is completely different from the extra widespread turkey vulture. Turkey vultures have crimson heads whereas the heads of black vultures are grey or black.
“Black vultures are nonetheless a uncommon sight in Massachusetts in contrast with the acquainted turkey vultures, however these canny cleanup crews should not ones to move up a recent, or rotten, meal wherever it seems,” in line with the Mass Audubon web site.
Mass Audubon famous that black vultures favor to nest in “difficult-to-reach rock- and boulder-strewn talus slopes or outcrops.”
Apparently, a third-floor condominium in New Bedford qualifies.
A black vulture’s weight-reduction plan consists of primarily of lifeless animal carcasses and can scavenge scraps of refuse from rubbish dumps, in line with the Audubon’s hen subject information on black vultures.
DaSiva’s submit in regards to the vultures had some questioning if there was one thing lifeless within the constructing getting their consideration.
The primary and second flooring of the three tenement are boarded up, however the third flooring is open to the weather with a number of broken-out home windows.
The constructing has been vacant for a number of years and town is within the strategy of taking the property.
“The Metropolis of New Bedford filed a petition to foreclose in Land Court docket and I consider we’re near receiving a remaining judgment,” mentioned Renee Fernandes, metropolis treasurer.
Jonathan Carvalho, metropolis spokesperson, mentioned the property might be referred to the New Bedford Neighborhood Job Power.
“The duty drive’s job is easy: to implement town code, particularly in locations the place code enforcement has been lax,” mentioned Mayor Jon Mitchell in a 2018 Customary-Instances article. “Sure neighborhoods have suffered, in nice half, as a result of a number of absentee landlords have bought tenements out of foreclosures, disregarded housing codes and allowed the properties to change into run-down. They’ve turned a deaf ear to legislation abiding neighbors who’ve complained repeatedly. The duty drive is supposed to deal straight with this drawback.”