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Hundreds of wild birds fill Calif. woman's home

Hundreds Of Wild Birds Fill Calif. Woman's House

You've heard of Alfred Hitchock's scary classic, 'The Birds.'

Well, what if a flock of birds did that to you? For one woman in California, that's happening - birds are swarming her house for no clear reason, and she's scared. She spoke with KMPH.

"You see the birds circling around the house before they fly down into the chimney."

"She walked home Friday to find nearly 70 birds flying around inside her living room."

"I screamed a couple of times because the birds are, you know."

Shirley Brown says she's seen hundreds of birds in her house - that this has been happening every single night around 8 pm, and she can't figure out why!

Especially because her house isn't the only one on the block with a chimney. It's a mystery why the birds are picking it, and not any of the others.

By the way the birds are apparently black swifts, which Smithsonian magazine describes as North America's most mysterious bird, saying they love to nest in "forbidding places" like behind waterfalls, so they're hard to study.

Or "forbidding places"...like people's houses.

Oh, and here's another headline calling them the "most mysterious bird" from "out of the shadows"...just to make you feel better.

Brown is being pretty chill about the whole thing though - she says she's guessing the birds are scared too, and hopefully they're just migrating and will be gone soon. Hopefully.

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Paul May 02 2014 at 4:02 PM

It's Bush's fault as always

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JOHN & SAMANTHA May 02 2014 at 4:51 PM

JOHNANDSAM; Put a screen over the top of your chimney. Don't you know how filthy wild birds are??? Are you lame?

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joeknowswoodies May 02 2014 at 10:55 AM

start a fire at 7:30

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calvinr May 02 2014 at 4:59 PM

$7 4 hour fire log at 7:30 would make them cease and decease, where a court order wouldn't, lol.

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Michael Walsh May 02 2014 at 10:51 AM

Close the Flue dummy

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antores May 02 2014 at 10:50 AM

don't they sell bird screens that you put up on the chimney for the obvious reason to prevent this situations?

That'd do it...

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rwilliamhoward antores May 02 2014 at 10:59 AM

Seems like a 'Spark Arrester' would do the job.

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bgatlake May 02 2014 at 10:44 AM

put a cap on the chimney. don't use the fireplace

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opticianandynj4u May 02 2014 at 5:10 PM


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Mike May 02 2014 at 10:41 AM

That's barely enough to make three pies.

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WBSIMB May 02 2014 at 10:38 AM


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rwilliamhoward WBSIMB May 02 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yes, closing the damper WOULD do the job, but it would make a really messy one to do later. The birds would crash into it, and be killed or knocked un-concious. Next time you open the damper, there is a flood of decomposing birds on top of your newly-layed fire.

A spark arrester would not allow them to enter the chimney in the first place.

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