Kentucky Town Terrorized By Swarm Of Millions Of Birds

Will global warming do us in by provoking multitudes of agitated, disease-laden birds to descend upon us? Via the Bangor Daily News:

Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city this winter, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease in a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film, “The Birds.”

The blackbirds blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roosting at dusk, turn the landscape white with bird poop, and the disease they carry can kill a dog and sicken humans.

David Chiles, president of the Little River Audubon Society, said the migratory flocks’ roosting in the city rather than flying further south is tied to climate warming.

The birds also pose a serious health hazard because their droppings can carry a fungal disease which can cause lung infections and symptoms similar to pneumonia. It is particularly dangerous for people with compromised immune systems or respiratory ailments. It can be fatal for canines.

9 Comments on "Kentucky Town Terrorized By Swarm Of Millions Of Birds"

  1. Ethereality | Feb 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm |

    How sad that birds are viewed in such a way. Man is responsible for the
    destruction of the planet and each other and yet there’s concern about
    bird poop and illness, really?! The troubles the birds are having is
    likely do to our disgusting disregard for nature and the Earth, the
    raping of her and the creatures upon it. I feel bad for the birds.
    They are welcome where I am! I won’t worry about sickness from them. I
    worry about the sickness caused by man though – vaccines that maim and
    kill, GM food, polluted water etc etc etc. Wow. It really is time we
    grew up and started acting (and thinking and feeling) in concert with
    life. Those birds have as much right to exist and be as we do.

  2. lazy_friend | Feb 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm |

    its obvious that we have to relocate the humans.

  3. nightowl1 | Feb 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

    It is so unlikely that anyone will get sick from these birds. You would have to bathe in their poop and be already sick to have any issues.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Feb 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm |

    the whole story is strange:
    a Reuters News story, published in Bangor Maine paper,
    with a Nashville dateline, about blackbirds invading a small KY town
    and once again
    blacks are not welcome to roost in KY

  5. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Feb 20, 2013 at 10:18 am |

    Talk about disinfo… Here’s a bit of a perspective shift on the story.

    Will industrial civilization destroy all life on the planet by provoking multitudes of agitated, disease-laden humans to consume the biosphere?

    Millions of birds have been forced to seek refuge in a small degraded wasteland this winter, with inadequate ecology to process their waste. Already infested with civilized humans and their slaves wintering in such a hell increases the risk of disease to the birds.

    The landscape is littered with humans and their toxic artifacts, their isn’t even any forests or prairies to capture their nutrient load, a situation that could damage all the creatures living there, especially the birds.

    One bird that tends to fly in the front of the migrating flock has suggested that this encampment of humans is a part of a 10000 year old trend called ‘civilization’ which is destroying the fabric of the web of Life and threatens to exterminate all birds and indeed, most higher animals.

    The humans also pose serious health hazards from poisoning the rivers, lakes, and streams with industrial corruption and by spewing toxic gas from their structures which can cause lung infections and symptoms of pneumonia. These are particularly dangerous because of all the immune system disruptors with which humans pollute the total environment.

    “This insanity has to stop.” Said one bird, “If these creatures cannot rein in their selfish insanity then Gaia will have to deal them a very hard hand indeed.” Gaia could not be reached for comment, though her spokespeople say she is hot with fury.

    • LucidDreamR | Feb 20, 2013 at 10:34 am |

      haha! Well done! At this point I’ve personally given up on the idea the we pesky little humans will EVER get over ourselves, our ego and our self-centered way of viewing the reality and world around us.

  6. Matt Staggs | Feb 21, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    What? No Hitchcock reference yet?

    • I just sort of shook my head in disappointment and disbelief.

      This isn’t the Kentucky I know, where everyone from 8 to 88 has at least a .410 shotgun and few reservations about using it.

      I suppose that is Western Kentucky. Might as well be in California.

    • I’m sure Alfred Hitchcock is laughing now! 🙂 That’s a Birds reference.

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