Fall migration is about to begin, but some birds will find it hard to rest along the way if they pass through Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma Gazette, thousands of purple martins have descended on the city in preparation for their annual return to Brazil, but are roosting in areas where they aren't exactly welcome. At first, the birds were roosting near the Oklahoma City National Memorial, but the thousands of birds were disrupting the reflective atmosphere of the site and they were encouraged to move along. Their next nightly roost was near a bank that also didn't find the noise and droppings a welcome addition.
While no one is happy about using invasive methods to discourage the birds from roosting, sound disruption is having some success. It is believed that construction along nearby interstates has removed the birds' preferred roosting sites. Bird enthusiasts are hoping the city will embrace the birds' roosts and encourage education and appreciation for the annual spectacle, much like the vaux's swift migration is an attraction in Portland, and other large bird roosts are often enjoyed by birders and nature lovers alike.
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Oklahoma City National Memorial
Photo © Phil Roeder