As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Midwest City officials prepare strategy to discourage bird invasion

Officials hope to keep egrets from establishing a rookery near homes.

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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