Carrollton Residents Fighting Egret Migration

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Egrets and Herons are back in North Texas. For one Carrollton neighborhood, that can only mean one thing – the battle is on.

Residents are trying to prevent the infestation and mess the birds created last year.  This year, they’re armed with special ammunition.

Robert Kuntzen has a slingshot that shoots tennis balls. It’s a dog toy, but perfect for scaring birds out of his trees.  He aims at a branch and fires. “Thwap!” The tennis balls strikes a branch and a Heron flies out.  “It was sitting there the whole time,” he said.

Last year, the Herons and the Egrets took Addington and Chamberlain drives as a nesting ground, bombing residents’ homes and holding them captive for months.

“The worst one is the pure white one, the Cattle Egret. They were here by the hundreds. I had hundreds here,” he said.

Allison Baughn knows their call. “It’s kind of like KAWH! Kind of like that but a lot sharper,” she said.

Seeing them and hearing them again gives her the shivers.  “After going through what we went through last year, it just sends chills,” she said.

The City of Carrollton gave the residents kits containing bird deterrents like air horns and bright yellow balloons with big round circles on them that mimic eyes.

Baughn carries a bag with dog food in it.  She uses it for ammunition in her own slingshot.

Jeff Foster likes the air horns. “We want to let them know, you’re not going to be comfortable on Addington Drive or Chamberlain Drive. Go somewhere else!” he said.

Residents can harass the federally protected birds as long as the birds don’t lay any eggs. That’s why residents are trying to keep them from building any nests.

The City of Carrollton comes out to help for a couple of hours every night.

Residents take turns scaring the birds from morning to night.  Their battle is expected to last several weeks.

“We’re not going to have them in our neighborhood. They’re going to have to go somewhere. Hopefully It’s not another residential area. Because I would not wish that on my worst enemy,” Baughn said.

Residents say even if they’re successful in preventing the birds from nesting on their streets this year, they’ll have to make sure the birds don’t try to come back next year or the year after that.

But if there’s one good thing that come out of all of this, it’s that the neighborhood has banded together.

“I know a whole lot more of my neighbors now,” Baughn said.

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One Comment

  1. John Denson says:

    If humans would stop building housing developments in the habitats of wild animals, we wouldn’t have these problems. Hasn’t the metroplex area gobbled up enough land, now? Oh, but wait .. I forgot …. we’re much more IMPORTANT than these stupid birds. Lord, to hear these Carrollton people’s hysterics you’d think they’d been invaded by an enormous pack of flesh-eating tigers rather than a bunch of benign, harmless birds.

    1. Tim says:

      John, these birds aren’t indigenous to this country. Second, the mess they create is unlike anything you’ve seen. Then, the baby birds wander around the neighborhoods and streets, getting killed by cats, hit by cars, etc. I also suppose that you live in some area that was never natural habitat, correct? There are plenty of places outside of town where they can roost. They pick a new spot every year and they can do it ELSEWHERE this year.

    2. anonymous says:

      The neighborhood they are in has been around since the last 70’s/early 80’s and they have not had problems until recently. Get of your high horse, where do you live? Because where ever your house, apartment or tent is probably disturbed some kind of wild life at some point in time. These birds do not belong in this area, it is a mess for the residents and it is honestly not a good environment for these birds either. The birds should be removed to a local nature preserve, there are plenty around here.

  2. someone says:

    John: yes, I agree with you, except for ‘habitats of wild animals’. We could consider all parts of the Earth as habitat of wild animals. This is the real “the stronger survives” battle of nature, and these poor and beautiful birds have no chance. 😦

    1. Neighor says:

      Once again a majority of these birds do not even belong on this continent. They are a invaisive species and should be listed as such. They are endangering the birds that do belong. Here’s a thought…mabey the birds that do belong would have room in their habitat if the ones that don’t weren’t here?
      You also have not lived through the 6 months of droppings, regurgitation, eggs, dead fish, dead frogs, dead snakes and dead birds that pile up in the street and yards. Oh don’t forget we had 70 days of over 100 degree heat to cook it all.
      Residentail areas are not good for these birds or the humans. This is per all the wildlife specialist I spoke with. The heat and concrete cooked them in the trees and the closeness of all the birds spread salmonella through the rookery.
      Did you know that when a bird dies up in the trees and finally falls it shatters like glass when it hits the concrete? How sad is it that I know that…

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