While my prediction last week that thousands of eagles would annihilate the Super Bowl shockingly didn’t come to pass, there is something just as Hitchcockian going on down in Texas right now.
I’m talking about all those birds.
They got media attention earlier this week after a driver in Mesquite, Texas found himself in the middle of the birdpocalypse while stopped at an intersection. He could only look on in horror as seemingly thousands of birds swarmed the air, taking over nearby power lines and traffic lights.
“What’s really going on?” the driver asked in utter disbelief as he captured the scene on his smartphone:
According to both the video’s description and the Daily Mail, these birds are called grackles, and this sort of thing actually happens every year throughout Texas. These birds like to hang out in parking lots, steal food, and get really (really) loud. Thousands of them, every year. Why?
Who knows? A report in USA Today several years ago called the grackles “unstoppable machines” and “devil birds.” They’ve been moving well beyond Texas, too, spreading into 23 different states (and probably more by now). I figure, at this point, their ultimate goal is total world domination.
Going back to Texas, a local reporter for ABC13 Houston, Christine Dobbyn, shared her own encounter with a swarm of grackles on February 2. It happened at an ExxonMobil gas station. “I like you #birds,” she tweeted, “but this kind of freaked me out.”
It’s theirs, now. Spooky.
An article from 2013 over at My San Antonio shared more details about the local problem with grackles, and how their city has even used lasers to freak the birds out and disperse them. Previously, they’d used fireworks, and even hawks to hunt the grackles down. But lasers seem to be the most effective.
Lucky for me, the two times I’ve been to San Antonio, it wasn’t grackle season.
No bird swarms or lasers, thank you very much.