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Plague of Grackles Reminiscent of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

The annual fall migration of the iridescent blackbirds has caught the attention of North Texans yet again



    Plague of Grackles Reminiscent of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

    Grackles are back in full force this fall, as tends to happen in Texas. And the people of Dallas-Fort Worth have noticed. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017)

    This Halloween, you do not need a big budget horror film to get your fear fix in North Texas.

    The sound of thousands of birds massed together in a grocery store parking lot — perched on cars, hopping along the ground and fluttering from tree to tree — is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the toughest Texan.

    Grackles are back in full force this fall, as tends to happen in Texas. And the people of Dallas-Fort Worth have noticed.

    “It’s positively ‘Hitchcockian’ in the evening!” noted JoAnne Kamman about the Kroger where she shops in Flower Mound, at Cross Timbers and 2499.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    “We have to run and dodge them and their poop — bad, bad, bad!” Alysha Singleton exclaimed about the grackles she encounters at the L.A. Fitness at Little Road in Arlington.

    “When they roost, it’s freaky,” Jo Hoffart noted about the grackles she sees at the Red Oak Walmart.

    Longtime residents might balk at the hubbub, but remember, approximately 1,000 new people move to Texas every single day.

    There are several species of grackle — the iridescent black and purple Great-tailed Grackle might be the most recognizable — and all of them are native to this region. Their numbers grow during the fall migration. And the grackles are most noticeable around dusk and dawn.

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology so eloquently describes the grackle’s p.m. routine as follows: “In the evening, raucous flocks pack neighborhood trees, filling the sky with their amazing (some might say ear-splitting) voices.”

    One place where the grackles, whose numbers are counted in the millions across Texas and the American Southwest, are not likely to be spotted is in downtown Fort Worth.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    The area around Sundance Square is patrolled around dawn and dusk by contractors, hired by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., whose sole responsibility is to clear the area of grackles.

    The staff of Texas Bird Services employs several tactics to keep the grackles away: laser pointers, noisemakers, even professional falconers, whose large birds of prey are brought in thanks to a special permit granted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    "Operation: Grackle," as this effort has been called, has been recognized as a model program to rid an urban area of the pesky blackbirds. In 2013, the International Downtown Association awarded Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI) a Pinnacle Award for ‘Operation: Grackle,’ according to a news release.

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