They shot firecrackers, banged pots and pans, even doused the offenders with soap and water dropped from airplanes: With help from the federal government, Scotland Neck residents tried to shoo away an estimated 6 million blackbirds that had invaded the town in 1969 and 1970—and had made life quite miserable.

Lisa Sorg received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from CDS in December 2010. By day, she is the editor of INDY Week. She lives in Durham. She has been attacked by a blue jay and chased by a goose.

Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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