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Hundreds of migrating birds swoop down through chimney and swarm inside family’s California home 


A California family’s home was overrun by more than 800 migrating birds in a scene similar to that of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds. 

Video footage shows the flock performing murmurations above the house before hundreds shoot down the chimney of the family’s house in Torrance. 

The birds, which appear to be swifts, can be seen flying inside the house, with scores lining the windows as they fluttered manically.

Home owner Kerri said she and her husband and child came home from dinner last Wednesday to find the birds flying all over their house.

Kerri, who did not provide her surname, told KLTA: ‘It’s so hard to explain. If you don’t see it with your own eyes, you’d never believe it.

‘We lost count after 800.’ 

The birds swooped inside the chimney

The birds, believed to be swifts, shot down into the chimney

A California family’s home was overrun by more than 800 migrating birds in a scene similar to that of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds

Hundreds of birds can be seen flying above the house before flying down the chimney

The birds can be seen flying into the house

Video footage shows the flock performing murmurations above the house before hundreds shoot down the chimney of the family’s house in Torrance

The birds can be seen flying inside the house

The bids can be seen hanging from the ceiling

The birds, which appear to be swifts, can be seen flying inside the house which some hanging from the ceiling

As the birds flocked into their house, they were seen flying around in every room with some hanging from the ceiling. 

The migratory birds appear to be Vaux’s swifts, according to KLTA, which roost in chimneys in large groups. The birds migrate south through California each year down to as far as Mexico.

Kerri she called the Carson Sheriff’s office who put Kerri in contact with county animal control officials. 

The officials said she should just leave the doors open – but the birds were not flying away – so Kerri called in her relative Patrick Belleville to help out. 

‘They acted like they wanted to get out, but they wasn’t going nowhere,’ Patrick said. ‘They were just flying around, just everywhere, every room in the house, every bathroom.’

Patrick even had to pull his hood up and put a mask on to protect himself from the swirling flock. ‘They were just beaming off my head,’ he said. 

After a few hours, the birds ended up falling asleep and were seen hanging from the ceiling.  

Video footage shows Patrick catching birds which were perched inside before placing them in a cardboard box. He is then seen releasing them outside as the small black birds fly off.  

The birds can be seen lining the windows as they fluttered manically inside the California home

The birds can be seen lining the windows as they fluttered manically inside the California home

After a few hours, the birds ended up falling asleep and were seen hanging from the ceiling

After a few hours, the birds ended up falling asleep and were seen hanging from the ceiling

Patrick catches two birds in his hands

Patrick then releases the birds from a cardboard box

Video footage shows Patrick catching birds which were perched inside before placing them in a cardboard box (left). He is then seen releasing them outside as the small black birds fly off (right)

Kerri, her husband and their child stayed in a hotel while Patrick tried to release all of the birds. 

But despite Patrick’s best efforts, the invasion lasted a few days. 

‘The second night I actually woke up to a bird flapping in my room,’ Kerri said. ‘So I basically just pulled the covers over my head and started screaming.’ 

The flock also left multiple presents for the owners in the form of bird droppings. 

‘You couldn’t walk in any spot in the living room, the kitchen and the hallway without stepping on bird droppings,’ Kerri said. 

The birds left lots of bird droppings in the house

The birds left lots of bird droppings in the house

The flock also left multiple presents for the owners in the form of bird droppings

The invasion comes as a home further up the coast in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, was also hit by an onslaught of birds.

Around 1,000 birds became trapped in the chimney on Sunday night, the Montecito fire department said. They had hoped the flock would fly up and out of the chimney on their own overnight. 

But when the fire department returned to the house on Monday, the birds were still trapped at the base of the fireplace. 

Santa Barbara County Animals Services worked throughout the day to design a chute system to funnel the flock out of the fireplace and release them through the home’s back doors, the firefighters said. 

The migratory birds appear to be Vaux swifts, according to KLTA, which roost in chimneys in large groups. 

Local bird expert John Honjiyo, who owns bird control company Birdxpert, said he’s been busy in recent weeks with calls about birds in homes. He advised residents to close their chimney flue. 

The invasion comes as a home further up the coast in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, was also hit by an onslaught of birds. Around 1,000 birds became trapped in the chimney on Sunday night, the Montecito fire department said

The invasion comes as a home further up the coast in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, was also hit by an onslaught of birds. Around 1,000 birds became trapped in the chimney on Sunday night, the Montecito fire department said



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