For the Birds


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ A flock of European starlings dot the tops of a tree on the west side of Seymour. Wildlife experts believe the birds have moved into the area from rural areas because of last weeks abrupt cold weather. Thousands of birds gather on the city's west side around sunset.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ A flock of European starlings dot the tops of a tree on the west side of Seymour. Wildlife experts believe the birds have moved into the area from rural areas because of last weeks abrupt cold weather. Thousands of birds gather on the city's west side around sunset.


Thousands of European starlings swirl and tumble, filling the twilight sky over Seymour’s west side in a hurly-burly, acrobatic airshow.

Some neighbors say the starlings and their evening activity remind them of Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds.” But no one’s yelled “action” on a remake of the 1963 suspense classic.

Last week’s plummeting temperatures and freezing water sources pushed the small birds to town, searching for sources of heat and protection that more urban areas offer when the weather turns bitterly cold.

That means the starlings are likely guests of the west side through March, said Judy Loven, state director of Indiana Wildlife Services, an agency that deals with nuisance wildlife complaints.

“You’ve probably had starling activity since December, but with the recent cold temperatures and ice, they will start to gather closer to town where they can find artificial heat and light and protection that buildings and evergreens can provide,” Loven said.

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