Friends of Margie Owen wanted to make sure that all of Waldport knew it was Margie’s birthday today. Margie’s friends pulled this audacious maneuver (which some might have called “for the birds”) by sneaking out in the middle of the night and flocking Margie’s front yard with pink flamingos, along with a sign containing a short message…”You’ve been flocked.”
Margie told News Lincoln County that her husband Colin arose Monday morning to see the tropical fauna in the yard. Not revealing exactly what it was (he was “in on it”), he asked her to “come see.” And there they were, rising from the Oregon deep-green turf, along with a sign reading “You’ve been flocked.” In this case, it meant “Happy Birthday.”
The event prompted many phone calls to the Owen home with “Happy Birthday” wishes coming from the four corners of Waldport. Margie said “It was a very nice way for me to start my birthday. I’ve never heard of anyone being ‘flocked’ on their birthday before. It is a bit bizarre, but I guess Waldport needs something bizarre to happen every now and then just to keep things interesting.”
Husband Colin said his neighbor (who has guns) came over during the morning and mentioned that he’d heard talking outside during the night. He said he was tempted to call the cops, but when things died back down he just went back to sleep. One of Margie’s friends, who masterminded the ‘flocking,’ revealed that she had called the Sheriff’s Office before they descended on Margie’s lawn. She told 9-1-1 dispatchers about the caper and asked that nobody show up with guns drawn. Deputies kindly obliged with their conspicuous absence.
Margie said it was great fun – a memorable birthday morning. She said she heard that there are those who are plotting to put these birds to work for good causes in the Waldport area. With that in mind, the birds were plucked from Margie’s lawn and turned over to Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff who apparently has “plans” for them. There are rumors that these tropical fowl may be used on behalf of charitable organizations who would perform a similar pink eruption on lawns in front of homes and businesses, attached to which will be a ‘ransom note,’ indicating they would be removed only on condition that a donation be made to said charitable organization or worthy cause.
So Waldport, you can’t say you haven’t been warned.