Paragould residents deal with roosting blackbirds

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - An overwhelming presence of blackbirds has descended on some areas of Paragould.

The wooded area along North End Avenue and N. 5th Street in Paragould is where thousands of blackbirds go to roost starting around 6 p.m.

"It looks like a big cloud," said 10-year-old Raymond Alger.

"We do what we can to scare them off but they're everywhere during the evening," Shana Williams.

Roger Bruce, who has lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years, said he has never seen anything like it.

"We've had them for quite a while but they've gotten a lot worse recently. Seems like the city can't get it under control," he said.

The Paragould Public Works Department is doing its best to try to keep the birds from roosting in residential areas by using Bird Bangers, noisemakers specifically designed to startle the birds without harming them.

Bruce said the noisemakers help somewhat, but only temporarily.

"It's got to be something they can do.  Spray the field or clean the field up," he said. "If you come out of the house you just got to make a dash for your car."

According to PPWD, the unpredictable weather and extended cold season has stalled the blackbirds' migration pattern.

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