I am in near PANIC mode! This was an omen of the worst sort! This afternoon my black Lab was hysterically barking for a time. I went out to see what had him so upset and it's VULTURES! We have an 80+ foot oak that was killed by a double lightning strike- it has shed many branches, but there are some stubs left. It's only 20 feet from the front porch. There were eight vultures sitting on the branch stubs, all staring at me and the dog! They wouldn't leave, no matter how much I shouted and waved things at them. The dog was going crazy but he was cowering at the same time. Not his usual agressive behaviour. I finally got the camera and despite the shaking got a few pics. I want witness in case it's me that goes! Couldn't get them all in the pics, but I scared them off a bit- or at least made them fly lazily off. They weren't scared at all! I finally managed to go to the store- there are no dead animals anywhere around. WHY are they still here??? When I got back they were all in the tree again! I an SO freaked out. I called DH and told him to be extra careful, but what if something happens to one of us???? I can't bear to think about it! What does this mean?