Messy birds nearly gone from Greene Street bus stop

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 7:04 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Birds that once flocked to power lines and created a mess at the intersection of Green and Mission were almost gone in May. In January, those same birds left a mess of droppings at a bus stop on that intersection, across from Spokane Community College.

The birds were everywhere in January. The sidewalks and benches under the power lines and near the bus stop were covered with bird poop.

READ: Bird droppings force STA to move East Spokane bus stop

"We kept saying, gee look at all of the birds on the wire,” said Spokane resident Mickey DeChenne.

Employees at the gas station next to the bus stop complained about the waste the birds left.

"I stand out there myself and tried to clean up some things here and there and they dropped some stuff on me too,” said gas station employee David Mines.

The birds seemed to had disappeared in May but regular bus riders said they still showed up.

"I have to stand over here all the time, and my kids and I have been pooped on because of these birds,” said bus rider Rosa Castro.

The Spokane Regional Health District said the droppings were not harmful to anyone.

Spokane Transit moved the bus stop about a block north in hopes that it would make a difference.

"I've lived here for 13 years and it's still the same,” said Castro.

Members of the Spokane Audubon Society said the change in the number of birds was likely seasonal. They said the birds were no longer in need of food that they used to get from the gas station. They added the birds might return in winter.

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