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Shoppers swarmed by flock of birds in Texas

February 5, 2020 | Comment icon 3 comments



Grackles like to congregate in large numbers. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Mdf
A huge flock of several thousand birds swarmed around disconcerted shoppers outside a store in Texas recently.
In a scene reminiscent of something out of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror movie 'The Birds', a vast flock of grackles descended on a shopping center in Burleson, Fort Worth on January 24th.

There were so many that the sky was filled with them and their collective chattering was deafening.

Tracy Miller, who had been in the parking lot at the time, captured footage of the spectacle.
"The grackles had taken over this parking lot for several days prior to me shooting the video," she said. "It was truly terrifying with them swarming like flies."

"They were everywhere: rooftops, cars, on the ground, in the trees."

"The sky was abuzz with them all, and they were so loud!"

Fortunately however, unlike the birds in Hitchcock's movie, these ones were totally harmless.



Source: 6abc.com | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 2 years ago
Feathered immigration protesters...  ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by joc 2 years ago
Yep...they are everywhere.  But they aren't attacking anyone, nor will they....However...in my back yard there are hundreds...hundreds....of Robins!   
Comment icon #3 Posted by Festina Lente 2 years ago
https://www.afoolsjourney.com/magick/woo-woo/spirit-animals-grackles/ https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-grackle   Wish they were here.  We don’t have them  in the west but I remember them from my youth.  Cool birds.  A neighbor lady nursed one back to health and it returned to her every year for several years.     


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