Eastern KY farmers battling birds to harvest crop

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Some farmers in eastern Kentucky say their
crops are being consumed in the fields by huge flocks of birds.

Danny Blevins of Lawrence County told The Independent in Ashland
that the skies were black with blackbirds, starlings and grackles
as the birds descended on his cornfield in such numbers "the field
would just shake."

Several farmers in Lawrence and Boyd counties in the East Fork
Valley watershed said they can't scare away the ravenous flocks, so
they're harvesting whatever they can.

Blevins said he fired more than 300 shotgun shells, trying to
scare away the birds. On Sunday afternoon, he left the field and
let the birds have it.

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