“It’s so hard to explain. If you don’t see it with your own eyes, you’d never believe it,” says Kerri, whose California home was absolutely overtaken by birds.
In a nightmare straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” this Torrance, CA family’s home became an all-out bird frenzy. Hundreds – literally hundreds – of small migrating birds took to their chimney on April 21, only to invade the entire home.
As Kerri’s footage shows, the enormous flock was first spotted from outside divebombing down into their chimney. More and more birds continued in remarkable fashion… Until every wall, ceiling, and floor was covered with birds.
“We lost count after 800,” Kerri tells local KTLA 5.
Beginning last Wednesday, the avian avalanche went on for several days, Kerrie says. She, along with her husband and their child, wish to remain on a first-name basis to protect their privacy. Their unbelievable week has, after all, become the talk of the internet.
The family first saw the birds diving into their home upon coming home from an evening out. From there, hundreds more continued to swirl above the roof, taking to the chimney as soon as the opportunity arose.
Her (honestly insane) footage then shows the birds, which look to be swifts or swallows, conjugating at the windows inside the home as their wings beat furiously.
California Home Becomes Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’
At first, Kerri tried to let the birds be, figuring they would eventually exit the same way they came. She says the birds did calm down to sleep the first night, but it soon became apparent they weren’t going anywhere.
“The second night I actually woke up to a bird flapping in my room. So basically just pull the covers over my head and started screaming,” she tells KTLA.
From there, Kerri called the Carson Sheriff’s office. The station passed her on to county animal control, who said to leave all the house doors open. It didn’t work.
“They acted like they wanted to get out, but they wasn’t going nowhere,” adds Patrick Belleville. Belleville, a helpful relative, saw the nightmare firsthand. “They were just flying around, just everywhere, every room in the house, every bathroom.”
The birds’ onslaught was so great, he adds, that he had to put on his hood and mask to protect his face.
“They were just beaming off my head,” he laments.
Family Flees to Hotel to Escape Avian Nightmare
Finally, after having far too much, Kerri’s family left for a hotel. Belleville stayed behind to try and deal with the swifts.
And as one would expect, their California home became absolutely littered with bird droppings.
“You couldn’t walk in any spot in the living room, the kitchen and the hallway without stepping on bird droppings,” Kerri adds.
Citing a similar incident north in Montecito, KSBY in San Luis Obispo successfully identified the birds as swifts. There, over 1,000 swifts trapped themselves in a chimney. The only thing stopping this situation from mimicking Kerri’s was a fire grate blocking the hearth’s opening.
The birds‘ behavior in both instances aligns with the Vaux’s swift species. These small migratory birds are known to roost in large groups in chimneys. Few, however, have witnessed anything on this scale.