‘There are birds everywhere’ Nearly a thousand birds invade Torrance’s house
TORRANCE, California – A Torrance woman came home to find nearly a thousand birds inside her house.
“There are birds everywhere,” took on a whole new meaning for Kerri.
A video shot by neighbors and his family shows the dark little birds circling the outside of the fireplace and collecting in groups.
Once inside, the birds took control of the house and did not leave when she opened the windows and doors, as animal control suggests.
What is commonly known as “swifts” (chaetura pelagica), tired of their annual migration after southern California, decided to take a break inside their home.
“We had to take them out in boxes and towels,” she added, explaining that the family had to spend the night in a hotel.
She spent two days cleaning up the bird poo that covered everything, including her child’s toys.
“Shut off your chimney flu on windy days,” she advises. There are grills that protect the chimneys from intruders and even embers during fires.
A similar situation occurred in Santa Barbara County over the weekend. The Montecito Fire Department had to release approximately 1,000 small birds trapped in a chimney.
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Chimney Swift are known to be very maneuverable, remarkable for roosting overnight in chimneys, in groups of hundreds or thousands, before and during their migration.
At dusk, they gather around a perch and do what you see in our story video, circling in a pattern before quickly entering a small opening at the same time.
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There’s actually quite a bit of scientific literature on this, even a U.S. Chimney Swift Institute, which told FOX 11 that they are protected by federal Migratory Bird Treaty law and cannot be legally removed. of your fireplace.
They arrive in the United States in March and have left in November, with nesting beginning in May and continuing into August. They can have several roots of chimney in the same district.
The best option is a good defense. Close the access to the chimney with a vent during the season, so that they do not nest there.