First of all, I've searched for this using about every search term imaginable, so apologies if it's already posted here. I was rather surprised that
Anyway, LaGrange, Kentucky is being absolutely invaded with thousands and thousands of birds. The residents are actually carrying umbrellas just to
stay clean because the bird droppings are constant. I have a cousin who lives there and she says that it is maddening. Besides just being an
annoyance, many residents are also reporting illnesses. The illnesses haven't been proven to be a result of the bird infestation, but residents say
that the illness came when the birds came so it's really a case of putting two and two together.
Residents of La Grange Kentucky, U.S. are being plagued by a swarm of birds that arrive daily before dark. According to reports, the birds have
been visiting by the thousands since November. In the meantime, some residents in La Grange are suffering from respiratory and eye infections. They
also complain about the stench left by bird droppings.
The locals have resorted to using "sound cannons" in attempt to scare the birds away, but it doesn't seem to be helping and they don't know what else
Here is a vid from the link:
Of course, many locals liken this to the Alred Hitchcock movie "The Birds." Freaky stuff!
Does anyone here live in the LaGrange area? I'm in Kentucky, but not in that immediate vicinity. I've been following this story on our local news
channels and it is absolutely insane! Any idea why birds would do this? Most of the locals can't really think of a reason why so many birds would
choose their town over any other. I feel for them! I duck and check my clothes after just five or six birds fly over. I can't imagine having
literally tens of thousands hovering overhead!
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But a far greater danger is presented by the tons of guano (bird poop to you) left behind by these unwanted trespassers. When the guano sinks
into the soil, it promotes histoplasmosis spores, which, when they become airborne, can infect the lungs and eyes of humans and animals. It is a
leading cause of blindness.
That's terrible! I hate to think about so many people having to breathe that in ALL the time!
I wonder if this bird behavior is somehow connected to this crazy, unseasonal weather we are having here. Starlings tend to stick around for most of
the winter, so perhaps not, but it does make me wonder. It's almost like fall never left. That's the case for Kentucky as a whole though, so it
probably doesn't explain why this town is getting invaded.
LOL. I love the responses! Seems this could be our opportunity to test the theory that fireworks kill flocks of birds.
Or perhaps they need to build bigger parking lots so the birds will think they are lakes and dive bomb them. (Wait, starlings probably wouldn't do
that anyway, lol.)
I tried to make a humorous connection with the prisons in the area, but it just didn't came to me. Jail birds, lol. Now how did I miss that one?
I'm one of those people who are against killing animals, just because I'm too soft hearted, but I think I'll actually suggest to some of the people
there to pop off a few works and see what happens... basically because I don't think any birds will die.
I'm not a fan of starlings because they scare the little birds away from my bird feeders in my yard, but I guess they have their place here on Earth,
like the rest of us. I just wish the huge flocks would spread out or split up and go elsewhere to give these people a break. That has to be getting
Well they have to be coming FROM somewhere, so maybe wherever they're coming FROM is going to have an earthquake soon? You know, animals can sense
it before people and they usually get away from the area.
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