Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

Influx of drunk birds prompts Minnesota police chief to issue statement

"It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal", the department said in a statement.

"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be 'under the influence, "' reads a post on the force's Facebook page.

"Many birds have not migrated south, so it appears to be more prevalent than in past years", Techar said. Young birds may be particularly susceptible to drunkenness because their livers have not grown large enough to handle the unintentional imbibing.

Gilbert Police Department in Minnesota has urged residents to be careful after numerous locals had close encounters with the tipsy animals.

Some birds in Minnesota are getting really flocked up on fermented berries, according to police in the city of Gilbert.

A third resident claimed to have found three dead birds on her deck, while another was forced to brake hard when a bird flew into her vehicle windshield. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated.

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"Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately", said one resident. The cause? Fermented berries, police say. Woodstock pushing Snoopy off a dog house for no apparent reason.

While the authorities are clearly having a giggle, there is reason to be concerned on the birds' behalf.

The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual, and the sugar in the fruits can turn into alcohol as they lose moisture.

Certain bird species, such as robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes, are the most prone to drunken antics since they eat more berries than other species like warblers and flycatchers that primarily eat insects.

Bird expert Matthew Dodder told The Post that the birds would be "flying kind of erratically". Berry fermentation is the answer.

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