Bridgeport Assaulted by Bird Poo

Bird invasion leaves cars, sidewalks and people covered in droppings

By James Langton and Anthony Ponce
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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Bridgeport bird invasion leaves cars, sidewalks and people covered in droppings.

Bridgeport bird invasion leaves cars, sidewalks and people covered in droppings.

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Some say it's good luck if a bird poops on you. If so, people in one Southside Chicago neighborhood should go buy lottery tickets.

"Disgusting, all white, pooed on.  Your cars are full of poop," said Sandra Flores, who lives in the 3200 hundred block of South Parnell in Bridgeport.

Every night, Flores said she watches a massive flock of Black Starlings swarm in.

"It’s a black cloud. It’s a lot," she said.

Neighbors explain that the offending birds come every summer and leave in October.  But there’s never been as many as this year, they said.

"You can’t walk. I have to walk on the street. That’s how bad it is," said Sam Freapane.  He said he cleans the sidewalks for as many of his neighbors as he can.

It’s not just appearances people on the block are worried about.

“Oh the smell? It stinks," said Theresa Scilese as she cleaned fresh debris from the front of her yard.  She also said the birds are so noisy they sometimes keep her from sleeping

City workers on Thursday were out trimming trees and power washing sidewalks, but not everyone is convinced it will do much good.

"I think these trees have to come down. There’s still plenty of room for them up there," said Freapane, pointing skyward.  "I don’t know what it is but they’re fascinated by these five trees right here."

Grade schooler student Karen Chow, who lives on the block, offered sage advice for anyone visiting the area:  park in the garage.

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