As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The street that banned feeding birds: Neighbors at war over radical step to control plague of pigeons

  • Drew Lane in Bangor has had an ever-growing population of pigeons for the past eight years
  • Pigeons arrived in droves after one resident began feeding them
  • The pigeon feeder was asked by neighbors to stop but refused
  • The ban will incur a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $200 thereafter

PUBLISHED: 15:07, 3 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:33, 3 June 2013

After 'angry exchanges' and years of neighborhood clashes over the issue authorities have now stepped in - warning the feeders that they face fines of up to $200. 

Resident Steve Coleman, who is legally blind, is in the anti-bird camp. 

'My deck gets nailed all the time,' Coleman told Bangor Daily News

Others claim they have to clean their vehicles every day as piles of corrosive pigeon poop build up, damaging the paintwork.

John Bruneel says verbal exchanges over the issue have taken place over the years leading to authorities need to weigh in. 

They say one particular unnamed man is responsible. 

Neighbors say he dumps piles of birdseed on his driveway every morning, leaving the atmosphere filled with floating feathers and houses, cars and driveways caked in pigeon droppings

Hunger games: The ban in Bangor won't prevent people having bird feeders in their backyards or from throwing bread to ducks in the park, but it will stop feeding practices that cause wildlife to become a nuisance

Drew Lane residents had ended up with a situation reminiscent to Hitchcock's 'The Birds', and felt there was little choice but to take the matter to the City Council.

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