Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Return of the Birds: New Jersey Town Invaded by Seagulls

A town in New Jersey is living through a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film The Birds. 

Thousands of squawking seagulls have invaded a townhouse complex in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The flying menaces have become such a nuisance, that parents are having their children walk outdoors beneath umbrellas as to avoid being splattered by falling cascades of bird droppings.

Township Mayor Michael Skudera believes than an experiment using falcons at a nearby landfill might have frightened the seagulls to move less than a quarter of a mile away and start roosting in a housing complex located within the township. The county has suspended the falcon program within the past week, but any difference in the bird plague has been negligible.

Rooftops in the Fox Chase housing development are splotched white from tons of bird doo, small animal bones litter backyard patios, feathers are everywhere and children who use the equipment in the playground end up with nasty, white residue on their clothes.

If Melanie Griffith's mother Tippi Hendren moves into the neighborhood, I'd be making a fast break out of town...


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