Huge flock of birds roost at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Are they a problem?

European Starlings filling the trees

Huge flock of birds roost at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Are they a problem?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - You might not see them at first, but you will certainly hear them. A huge flock of European Starlings has taken roost in the trees just outside Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, right near the ground transportation area.

Huge flock of birds roost at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Dr. Andy Jones -- who is the curator and heads the Department of Ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History -- said Starlings are the most common bird in the state, and they prefer big groups in the winter.

“They get in big flocks seeking safety, having lots of eyes looking for predators, so they benefit from being in a big group,” he said.

Flocks of birds, however, as we have seen before, can be a big problem for airplanes during takeoff or landing.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport officials did not want to go into specifics, but said travelers should be assured that they have multiple systems in place to monitor and keep wildlife off the airfield.

Have you flown into Hopkins lately? If you have you most likely noticed the flock of birds that have taken roost...

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“I am not too concerned,” Dr. Jones said, “Airports are actually a great place to go birding, we actually spend a lot of time looking for birds at airports because they are protected sights.”

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