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article imageBird swarm plagues La Grange Kentucky residents daily

By Kathleen Blanchard     Jan 28, 2012 in Odd News
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.
Some of the locals describe the bird swarm as a “cloud”, likening the daily event to the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Birds".
KSDK.com reports the town’s residents aren’t so much worried about being pecked to death as they are being “pooped to death.” The birds, which are starlings, arrive every day between 5:30 and 6:30pm.
Hair stylist Antoinette Taylor said, “We wash our cars every single day.”
The starling swam in La Grange Kentucky is a phenomenon known as murmuration, which is quite majestic to watch. A YouTube poster in Scotland uploaded a video and set it to music.
The video author wrote:
“Makes you realise just how irrelevant humans are. The film can't get anywhere close to portraying the beauty and enormity of this sight. You can feel the air push around you as the flock whooshes overhead.”
According to a study published in Animal Behavior, murmuration is an example of collective animal behavior that is still poorly understood.
Beauty aside, La Grange Kentucky residents say they’ve seen enough of the starlings, as they carry umbrellas around to protect themselves from attacks – of poop that is - even on sunny days.
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