While most people would appreciate the chance to see endangered California condors up close, this story might make you think twice.
A flock of more than a dozen of the birds has reportedly been wreaking havoc on a woman’s home since the weekend. Seana Quintero of San Francisco wrote on Twitter that the birds have “absolutely trashed” her mother’s deck and “decided to start a war with my mom.”
Her mother Cinda Mickols lives in the Kern County town of Tehachapi, which is to the southeast of Bakersfield.
California condors went extinct in the wild in 1987 when all of the birds were captured, but they have since been reintroduced into the wild throughout the Southwest. There are now believed to be about 500 surviving today and the species is considered to be critically endangered.
While that may make them sound like the underdogs in this story, they are also among the largest birds native to North America with a wingspan of more than nine feet.
Quintero writes that the birds are causing damage to the home, as “they keep hanging out on her roof and railings messing with stuff and pooping everywhere.”
“Plus they’re menacing and keeping her up. Not to mention the smell.”
The timing is especially unfortunate, as Quintero says her mother just redid her deck.
One user responded that the birds may have mistook the home for a “condorminium.”
Based on the identifying tags pictured in photos posted online, the birds are all part of a flock in Southern California.
“Her home is located in historical condor habitat where natural food sources occur,” replied U.S. Fish and Wildlife in a tweet. “Unfortunately they sometimes perceive houses and decks as suitable perch locations.”
The agency advised her to haze the birds with tactics “that will not harm them such as water hoses, yelling, clapping, shouting.”
Quintero says the flock has continued to trespass and loiter on Mickols' home for several days, adding that they just want the birds to leave the house, not the property.
“Still wild to me that in my lifetime there went from being about 25 condors left alive to now almost that many descending on my moms house at once,” she wrote of the famously extinct species, adding that her mother has also shown appreciation for the once in a lifetime experience.
“She does think this is pretty amazing but also the worst.”