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What’s The Deal With Houston’s Grackle Infestation?

With our swarms of birds flooding the sky and perching en masse on power lines, Alfred Hitchcock’s got nothing on Houston. We find out why.

Downtown Grackles
A swarm of grackles in downtown Houston.


There’s a strange phenomenon you may have witnessed during your evening commute over the past couple of months. We’re talking about huge flocks of black birds perched in some pretty odd places, including highway exit signs and parking lots. They’re grackles, and they’re everywhere.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin investigates what’s behind the spectacle.

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Maggie Martin

Maggie Martin

Producer, Houston Matters

Maggie Martin is a producer for Houston Matters, the award-winning public affairs radio program on News 88.7FM. Originally from upstate New York, Maggie started her public radio career at WFUV, Fordham University’s public radio station in New York City. She’s also worked with The Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC, On...

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