Officials hope to keep egrets from establishing a rookery near homes.
By MATT PATTERSON NewsOK.com
MIDWEST CITY — It's not quite as scary as a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds,” but Midwest City officials are gearing up for an egret invasion this spring.
Several thousand egrets settled into a rookery near Reno and Post Road last spring, and they are expected to return when the weather begins to warm up. The birds were a nuisance to nearby homeowners who had to contend with the noise and smell of thousands of birds occupying a grove of trees near their homes.
Midwest City officials will ask the city council to approve $21,000 in overtime between March 18 and May 18 this year and another $1,625 for supplies to scare the birds away.
The egret is a migratory bird that is protected by federal law.
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