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More than just a noisy nuisance

Roosting clusters of birds not easily dispersed, can be health hazard when winter prompts birds to cluster

Most people welcome the arrival of singing birds into their yards, but they feel less enthusiastic when tens of thousands of noisy blackbirds invade their property.

With the approach of winter, several bird species including red-winged blackbirds, grackles, starlings and cowbirds often cluster together to roost during their southward migration, said Charles Nilon,

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