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Black birds terrorize Fort Mitchell family

FORT MITCHELL, AL (WTVM) -

A Fort Mitchell mother of three fears for her children's health and said her neighborhood looked like a scene out of a horror film.

Shortly after the New Year, Kim Martinez looked out her window and saw a swarm of birds in her backyard.

"You can see their whole bodies flying by the window. It's just kind of creepy," Martinez says.

She and her children ran outside to get video and pictures of the birds. Her youngest son exclaimed "Cool!" on one of the home videos.

The birds seemed cool to the kids but for their mom, she said she was afraid to let them come out to play.

"With their droppings [everywhere], that many birds... I'm sure it's cause for concern," Martinez said.

Wildlife expert George Stanton, at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center in Columbus said there may be some cause for concern.

"There is a potential of disease from bird droppings," Stanton said. "It's not a high danger but if they're coating your house or coating an area where your kids play, I'd keep them away from it."

According to Medical News Today, blackbird droppings can carry over 60 different diseases including bird flu.

Stanton said the birds are simply doing what comes to them naturally.

"[The birds] are getting ready to migrate. They are probably on their way back now. It's just part of their migration," Stanton said.

Stanton explained the birds' staying around longer this year was due to the unpredictable weather.

"Going from nearly 80 degrees Tuesday to low 30's Thursday morning, that probably confuses them," Stanton said.

Fortunately, Martinez said the birds didn't use her back yard as a dumping ground.  "I actually have not seen that much but you know they have to go," said Martinez.

We asked Stanton how the family could get rid of the birds and enjoy their backyard again.

"One community sprayed them with something and killed thousands of birds; so then they had rotting birds all over the place.  Some people have tried shooting cannons, making a lot of noises, they can put out inflatable owls…a dog would be a good thing," Stanton said.

Stanton explained there was not much the family could do about the birds but simply wait for them to move on.

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