Baltimore County’s landfill may soon have hawk patrol to force unwanted birds to ‘get outta dodge’

Published 2/3/2023 9:50 a.m. EST

Falconer Dan Vitilio.

On any given day, hundreds of birds gather at Baltimore County’s landfill in White Marsh, an unincorporated community just west of the aptly named Bird River, which drains into Gunpowder River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. These massive flocks of birds — from a murder of crows, to a colony of seagulls — are doing what birds do: pooping and eating, then dropping landfill trash in nearby neighborhoods.

And that’s not a fun reality for residents, or good for environmental water quality or the sanity of neighbors. So Baltimore County officials are considering hiring some aerial muscle to frighten away the nuisance birds.

Early last year, Dan Vitilio, who lives in nearby Kingsville, made a trip to the landfill to dump some trash and saw hundreds of birds, gorging and dropping their calling cards.

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