TORRANCE, Calif. – A woman from Torrance has returned home to find nearly a thousand birds inside her home.
“There are birds everywhere,” took on a whole new meaning for Kerri.
A video shot by neighbors and his family shows the little black birds circling the outside of the fireplace and sweeping in groups.
Once inside, the birds swarmed the house and did not want to leave when she opened the windows and doors as suggested by animal control.
Commonly known as “chimney swifts” (chaetura pelagica), tired of their annual migration to Southern California, have decided to take a break inside their home.
“We had to take them out in boxes and towels,” she added, explaining that the family had to spend the night at the hotel.
She spent two days cleaning up the bird poop that covered everything, including her child’s toys.
“Shut off your chimney flu on windy days,” she advises. There are grills that protect the chimneys from intruders and even embers during fires.
A similar situation occurred in Santa Barbara County over the weekend. Montecito firefighters had to release around 1,000 small birds trapped in a chimney.
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Chimney swifts are known to be very maneuverable, especially for roosting overnight in chimneys, in groups of hundreds or thousands, before and during their migration.
At dusk, they gather around a perch and do what you see in our story video, circling in a pattern before quickly entering a small opening in one fell swoop.
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There’s actually quite a bit of scientific literature on this, even a U.S. Chimney Swift Institute, which told FOX 11 that they are protected by federal Migratory Bird Treaty law and cannot be legally removed. of your fireplace.
They arrive in the United States in March and have left in November, with nesting beginning in May and ending in August. They can have multiple chimney roots in a neighborhood.
The best option is a good defense. Close the access to the fireplace with a vent during the season, so that they do not nest in it.