Okay, maybe not in quality, but certainly in quantity of birds! Thanks to Mandy Cherifi of Fort Wayne, IN, for providing this video. She says she and her family saw this enormous flock near a local ice cream shop.
The birds you see in this video are Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, and they are winter’s #1 nuisance bird in the eastern half of America. This non-native species forms winter flocks which can number in the millions! They create massive problems for cities, parks, industrial sites and farms. Behavior such as what you see in the video is common for this time of year, and while it’s entertaining to watch at the ice cream shop, the consequences of large flocks upon business and manufacturing centers can be devastating (you can read our previous post for more details)!
The aversion product most often used against starlings is pyrotechnics – usually with marginal results. While the birds react, the starlings learn that the aversion activity has no personal affect and they become resistant.
Control of winter starling roosts is simple with MA Aerosols. Delivery by applicators using thermal fog or with installed systems, most starling roost can be relocated within the week, utilizing proper tactics
Starlings cannot see to fly at night. Therefore, nighttime applications are not effective. Aerosols should be applied within the last hour of daylight (when the majority of birds have just arrived to the roosting site). Greater efficacy is achieved in dusk applications due to the evacuated birds being forced to find a new location before nightfall. This reinforces the new behavioral pattern and the “new home”. Starlings have a home range of about 10-20 miles, but they can migrate hundreds of miles in the winter.