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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:32 PM

Bird invasion brings real-life horror to Kentucky city

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-usa-birds-idUSBRE91I16Y20130219

Bird invasion brings real-life horror to Kentucky city
By Tim Ghianni
NASHVILLE, Tennessee | Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:59pm EST

(Reuters) - Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city this winter, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease in a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock's horror film, "The Birds."

The blackbirds and European starlings blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roosting at dusk, turn the landscape white with bird poop, and the disease they carry can kill a dog and sicken humans.

"I have seen them come in, and there are enough that if the sun is just right, they'll cloud your vision of the sun," said Hopkinsville-Christian County historian William Turner. "I estimate there are millions of them."

David Chiles, president of the Little River Audubon Society, said the fact that migratory flocks are roosting in the city rather than flying further south is tied to climate warming.


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Reply Bird invasion brings real-life horror to Kentucky city (Original post)
jsr Feb 2013 OP
hedgehog Feb 2013 #1
Voice for Peace Feb 2013 #2
meow2u3 Feb 2013 #9
MadrasT Feb 2013 #14
onehandle Feb 2013 #3
lastlib Feb 2013 #7
malaise Feb 2013 #13
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #4
Light House Feb 2013 #6
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #5
shraby Feb 2013 #8
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #10
malaise Feb 2013 #11
Glimmer of Hope Feb 2013 #12

Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:33 PM

1. This looks like a job for outdoor cats!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:34 PM

2. aha! good one

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:31 PM

9. Yep. Release the kitties

and let them be the heroes.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:09 AM

14. That was my first reaction

(after all the threads that hated on cats)

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:13 PM

3. May they nest in Rand Paul's wig. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:23 PM

7. ...and shit on Mitch McConnell!

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:30 PM

13. LOL

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:16 PM

4. Climate change? You know damn well these birds are protesting gun control! nt

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:20 PM

6. Funniest post so far.

 

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:18 PM

5. Ya know, it was only

A day or so, I saw THE BIRDS on a movie website. The ending was strange, but it was all in all a pretty good flick.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:10 PM

8. That was Alfred Hitchcock's trademark...strange and unexpected endings.

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Response to shraby (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:22 PM

10. I also heard he appeared in all his films...

He was in the first five minutes of the film, coming out of a pet store, walking two fluffy dogs.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:26 PM

11. The poop swoops down

on Mitch's old Kentucky home

(you know the tune)

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:29 PM

12. I can't imagine the noise! They are very chatty birds.

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