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.

Friday, 8 August 2014

El Reno Takes Unique Approach To Remedy Bird Problem

Posted: Aug 06, 2014 3:57 AM GDTUpdated: Aug 06, 2014 3:57 AM GDT
By Steve Shaw, News 9 - bio | email



The propane powered cannon works on a timer and is used to scare away hundreds of black birds that migrate to the trees in the neighborhood this time of year.
EL RENO, Oklahoma -

Residents in El Reno's Holbrook neighborhood had to put up with loud booms around dusk Tuesday night.

The booms came from what El Reno Animal Control Director Mike Townsend call his "Bird Blaster”. The propane powered cannon works on a timer and is used to scare away hundreds of black birds that migrate to the trees in the neighborhood this time of year.

Townsend says the birds leave droppings that can be a health hazard.

"They can just tear up the backyards, and if we don't stay on top of it, it can get pretty nasty," he said.

Townsend says firing the bird blaster doesn't hurt the birds, it just scares them away.

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