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.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

What a stink! Street drenched in bird poo after invasion by 20,000 starlings

A suburban street is being drenched in bird droppings after being invaded by a flock of 20,000 starlings

The huge swarm - called a murmuration - turns the sky black at dawn and dusk as they prepare to feed or roost for the night.

But they also shower the street in droppings.

Residents cower under umbrellas when they venture outdoors and clean their cars and windows on a daily basis.

The birds arrived in the street at the start of the year as they flew south to escape the bitterly cold winter in their native Scandinavia.

They perform spectacular acrobatic displays before returning to a Leylandii hedge at the back of the houses in Hereford to roost.

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