An early frost this year sped up the fermentation process, police said. This, in turn, has led to unorthodox behavior from these winged residents: flying lower than usual, crashing into cars and windows, and losing their balance.
Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!
"Many birds have not migrated south, so it appears to be more prevalent than in past years". "It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal", he wrote.
Also, younger birds' livers can not handle the fermented berries as well as older birds.
Police said there was no need to call the authorities: the birds would sober up soon.
Police in Gilbert, Minnesota, are warning residents about a group of youthful residents unable to handle their alcohol.
"I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!" wrote one resident.
"We've sort of nicknamed it "berry benders" now that these birds are on a berry bender", Gilbert police chief Ty Techer told Fox 9. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated. The cause? Fermented berries, police say. The birds go from bush to bush trying to find more berries, their balance getting progressively worse.
Apparently, this isn't all that uncommon in the area, although the high number of "drunken" birds is unprecedented. Angry Birds giggling and laughing uncontrollably and appearing to be happy.
Bird expert Matthew Dodder told The Post that the birds would be "flying kind of erratically".
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"Cedar waxwings and robins are most likely to gorge on fermented blackberries, pyracantha or juniper berries, crabapples or mountain ash fruits", Audubon reports.