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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 08/23/2010

City of Frederick says bye-bye black birds

By Washington Post editors

The city of Frederick is taking aim at some bothersome black birds.

The Public Works Department says it's launching a three-day campaign Monday to scare thousands of noisy, messy starlings away from an East Side neighborhood where they roost.

The weapon is a gun that fires blanks. Officials say they plan to fire it repeatedly for three straight evenings, starting around sunset.

City officials acknowledge that it's a temporary solution to a seasonal problem. They say they know they're just driving the birds into another neighborhood where they may have to repeat the process again.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
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Is there no end to the racism in this country? Black birds described as "bothersome". You'd never hear white birds described as such. Nor would you see white birds chased from their neighborhoods by governmental agents with guns. Someday the chickens will come home to roost. And when they do, I'm hoping they won't be from the Coster chicken farm in Iowa.

Posted by: columbiapike | August 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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