Drunken birds?

Vocable (All English) - - Société -

The small Amer­i­can town of Gilbert, Min­nesota, faced an or­nitho­log­i­cal enigma last month. For over a week, the town’s birds, es­pe­cially robins and other small species, acted er­rat­i­cally, crash­ing into win­dows and car wind­shields and “flop­ping all over the place”. The po­lice chief in­ves­ti­gated and ended up send­ing a no­tice to res­i­dents telling them there was no need to call the po­lice on the “ine­bri­ated” lo­cal birds be­cause they had sim­ply got­ten them­selves in­tox­i­cated on berries that fer­mented as a re­sult of an early frost... Mys­tery solved!

drunken here, un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol / to face to be con­fronted by / robin = robin red­breast small song­bird with a red chest / species (inv.) type of an­i­mal/plant / to crash into to bump into, hit against / wind­shield (US) = wind­screen (GB) front win­dow of a ve­hi­cle / to flop to move loosely and in an un­con­trolled way / all over the place ev­ery­where / to in­ves­ti­gate to carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on / no­tice no­ti­fi­ca­tion / ine­bri­ated in­tox­i­cated by al­co­hol / berry small round fruit / frost tem­po­rary sub zero weather con­di­tions.

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