Will Rogers World Airport besieged by birds

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Will Rogers World Airport has been besieged by BIRDS!

"I hate birds so this is terrifying to me. Why are there so many?" Alex Steffensmeier, a traveler, said.

Experts say it's all part of an annual migration of starlings.

Thousands of birds are taking temporary refuge in the trees around the transportation plaza.

"We've got one watching us. Might need an umbrella when you come to the airport. Something to cover from anything dropping on you," Kenny Powers, an airport visitor, said.

It has created an unsightly mess.

Walls, lamp posts and parked cars -- covered in the white stuff.

"When they are flying around, they unfortunately leave gifts for our vehicles," Karen Carney, with Will Rogers World Airport, said.

Will Rogers has two full-time wildlife biologists and ground crews, working to keep the birds away from planes.

Carney told us, "We use some kind of noise to scare them off. It has been just make noise and get them to move on."

Airport officials say the birds are more of a menace than a safety risk, and travelers should get used to them.

Until the temperatures get cooler, they'll be swarming.


More Local

National News

More National

Washington D.C.

More Washington DC Bureau

In Your Corner

More In Your Corner

Your Local Election HQ

More Your Local Election HQ

Latest News

More News


KFOR Podcasts

More Podcasts

Follow @KFOR on Twitter