It may be February, but it’s not too early for North Texans to prepare of the annual invasion of migratory birds — and the problems some of them can bring.
Drought and destruction of habitat are forcing adult egrets to fly farther in search of food, leaving their little ones at the mercy of their thirst.
Months after they’ve left the normally manicured neighborhood along Tanglewood Trail in Fort Worth, you can still see the clusters of abandoned egret nests in the high branches of the old trees. And landscaping in the shade of the trees still won’t grow because of the birds’ droppings.
Egrets, the migratory birds known by many for the trouble they caused a Carrollton neighborhood last fall, have made a new home in Fort Worth.
Egrets and Herons are back in North Texas. For one Carrollton neighborhood, that can only mean one thing – the battle is on.
The egrets that have dogged a Carrollton neighborhood since May appear to have left a foul mess in their wake. The city of Carrollton will finally sanitize the street on Chamberlain Drive Wednesday morning.
It didn’t matter that a group of irritated residents spoke up at Tuesday’s City Council meeting about losing their neighborhood to thousands of birds. City leaders told them their hands were tied, these egrets are federally protected migratory birds.
What started as a few nesting pairs has turned into a full-fledged egret takeover that has now expanded onto three blocks throughout the city.