Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bye-Bye, Birdie City Hopes to Give Blackbirds Rude Awakening

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bye-Bye, Birdie City Hopes to Give Blackbirds Rude Awakening

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Wentzville city forces plan to continue firing projectiles into the city's wooded areas tonight, sending a clear message to belligerent blackbirds who have blatantly ignored a no-fly zone around the city.

The blackbirds' invasion of Wentzville started about five years ago and, in a show of force, they have returned every September, said City Defense Coordinator Joe McReynolds, more commonly known as city administrator.

"It seems like we keep having problems with them every year," McReynolds said. He wants to make it clear that Wentzville won't stand idly by as the birds violate migratory regulations. Last night, the city fired projectiles into the depths of the birds' roosting areas near West Northview, Blumhoff and Michael avenues, Cheryl Ann Drive and Meyer Road. Tonight, city forces are planning a repeat attack. "We have a lot of them," said Mary Vehige, who lives near the battlegrounds. "We have to clap our hands and beat on our fences to get rid of them, but they just come right back. …

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