"It's a strange phenomenon to see them in a cemetery. I know they hang around the dead but they're supposed to be buried, you know?" Richard Peaches, a neighbor, said.
"It seems to be more and more. It's clearly more than it used to be," Eugene Deyamport, another neighbor, said.
"I've never know them to bother anything. It might be a little eerie if people aren't use to them - seeing a great big bird," Deyamport said.
"It's a little eerie," Deyamport said.
With a six-foot wingspan, sprouting tiny naked head between their shoulders, the turkey vultures (which at times overlook the Confederate dead from the Siege of Vicksburg) have tripled their numbers in the last ten years.
That's according to neighbors of the Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Father Bobby Luke Flanagan said he's the go-to volunteer on site. He also said he wishes people would focus on the history in the cemetery as opposed to what soars above it.
"Oh, I don't pay no attention to them," Father Flanagan said.
"They're everywhere. Usually they stay up on that hillside there. We see them landing way up there," Father Flanagan said.
But as the sun rises in the sky the birds typically come to the ground - perching on gravestones - as if acting as ugly angels.
But the question is why in a cemetery? And what's attracting them to the area?
"[they] Come in and tear these flowers up and eat them. I don't think I know what they're doing. They're destroying good flowers," Father Flanagan said.
Cemetery management does not kill the birds. In fact some types of vultures are federally protected.
Instead employees have used loud noises to scare them off but they always return and it greater numbers, neighbors said.
"In the evening time you see them come in at 3:30-4 o'clock and they're still circling above. They get worse to me, you know," Peaches said.
Turkey vultures are migratory birds, meaning they are mostly around the area when the trees are bare in the winter.
But NEWS CHANNEL 12 uncovered no confirmed reason why the number of birds is increasing.