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Onlookers Puzzled by Flocking Birds

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A big flock of birds has been hanging around over a single intersection near Wilkes-Barre for the past week when usually they̵...
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WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP -- A big flock of birds has been hanging around over a single intersection near Wilkes-Barre for the past week when usually they'd be heading south this time of the year.

It's on a stretch of Mundy Street where every morning, there are hundreds and hundreds of birds chirping and flying and sitting on wires.

In fact, they line the utility wires so well, they almost blend in.

Photos from a Newswatch 16 viewer show where a massive amount of birds have been gathering along Mundy Street near Wilkes-Barre for almost a week. Hundreds of birds sit side by side along this utility line; others surround a street sign.

"It's like crazy! It's everywhere!" said Katie Quinn.

"Pretty wild, yeah!" said Steve Wilson.

"Just reminds me of the summer, especially the cold weather, thinking of all the seagulls down at the ocean," added Fr. John Chmil.

"I'm afraid of poop on the car!" laughed Miashcon Quinn.

"My goodness it's crazy!" said Stephanie Doran.

So why are so many of these birds hovering in one area? Well, there could be a lot of reasons, explains Matthew Travis of PetSmart. He identifies the birds as starlings.

"It might be an area where it's not as windy and it could be a little warmer and they're smart enough to realize that. Or it's just one of the spots they had in their heads that they go to because they get the most food or moths."

Travis believes once the food is gone, those birds should move on.