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Blackbird Invasion Descends Upon Hopkinsville

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By Jason Lamb

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -- On a perfectly sunny day, a dark black cloud descended over Hopkinsville, Kentucky, but it's not what you might think: it's a swarm of thousands of blackbirds roosting in trees there.

The Audubon Society says this year's mild winter is keeping the birds from flying further south. As a result, some trees and sidewalks in the neighborhood are covered in bird droppings.

The Audubon Society says those droppings can also carry a fungus known as histoplasmosis -- something that can make people with weak immune systems sick, and it can even kill some dogs if it's bad enough.

The city has hired a pest control company to use air cannons that make a loud noise to scare away those birds from roosting in Hopkinsville trees.

They're loud when they come in at night, they're loud when they leave in the morning and the droppings all over the houses and sidewalks are really inconvenient," said David Chiles with the Audubon Society.

The Audubon Society says the birds shouldn't hang around Hopkinsville for too much longer.
They expect the birds to fly further north in about three to four weeks.


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