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WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!

 
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WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!
These things are terrible, you cant even go to the store peacefully.....


I dont know about where you are, but they are all over Texas.....

Look at this pic..... Just look at it.....and its like this everywhere!!!!

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Troublesome 'devil birds' spread across U.S.

In Houston, they tried air cannons so loud neighbors called in the SWAT team.
In New Mexico, it took a half-dozen men and thousands of explosives.

In Austin, technicians go out night after night with heavy-duty lasers.

All to battle an 8-ounce, highly adaptive bird that's colonizing the country -- and leaving behind inch-thick layers of droppings as it goes.


That might make them nice for bird watchers. But for residents of areas they colonize, not so much. Grackles tend to congregate in large flocks and like shopping centers and fast-food store parking lots, where there's trash for food and trees or light posts for perching. Their droppings can spread disease, and they can damage citrus crops.


"They're an unstoppable machine," said Alan Clark, a bird biologist at Fordham University in New York City. "They're really hard to scare, they're hard to kill and they're in such huge groups that even poison isn't particularly effective."

After multiple deterrents were tried, the town finally found a labor-intensive method that has worked so far. Just at dusk, a half-dozen city workers hang tin buckets containing a string of 50 Black Cat firecrackers in the trees. Each tree has a staffer assigned to it, all with two-way radios. Then "we'd light them all at the same time," DeSha said. "The sound and light and vibration, the shock waves, would drive the birds up in the air." Several nights of this trains the birds to find somewhere else to roost. To avoid calls to police, his office did a "huge media blitz to let everybody know what we were doing," he said.

His Arlingtoncompany has found high-powered lasers most effective. "You move it back and forth" on the trees and "their senses cannot adapt," Beaman said. He sends out teams of three to seven technicians just before dusk who spend several hours shining lights at the trees where the birds are roosting. After three to 10 nights, the flock leaves. But in the spring and fall, new flocks arrive almost daily, so he has to have staffers out every night for about four months.

Many people in areas where they're a nuisance believe that because the birds are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 it's illegal to kill, harm or harass them. However, a special standing order has been added regarding great-tailed grackles that allows them to be "harassed and removed without permit," said the USDA's Bodenchuk. The order applies if the birds are harming crops, damaging plants, affecting human health and safety or even if they're simply a nuisance.

"If you've got a tree outside your bedroom window and they're keeping you awake, you can go out and kill them if it's OK in your area," Bodenchuk said.

The problem is that killing them doesn't do much, he said. "If you kill 10, 10 more will show up."


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01/12/2013 04:27 PM
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Re: WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!
One of the warning plagues.
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01/12/2013 04:35 PM
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Re: WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!
Well then don't kill 10, kill 10 million, worthless they are.....yoda
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Re: WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!
One of the warning plagues.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25672410


They could be....they are everywhere!
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01/12/2013 09:54 PM

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Re: WTF Devil Birds..... Go away!!!
Amazing
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.

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