Birds cause mess for one Valencia County building

Created: 06/14/2014 9:27 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some birds are flocking to one Valencia County building, making it their home for a few months. But it's causing a mess, even scaring a few who need to walk inside Valencia County’s courthouse doors.

There are nests and then the birds are all flying around,” said Julian Apodaca.

From May until July, the courthouse becomes home to mud swallows.

Unfortunately, their nests, the poop on the windows and ground are grossing people out.

You might be wondering, why don't they just get rid of these nests? Well, it's not that easy.

“The mud swallows are a protected species in New Mexico so once they do start assembling their nests we cannot disturb them in any way,” said Kelly Bouska with Valencia County.

 Bouska says they've looked at other ways to prevent this, like adding bird spikes. However, those could cost about $30,000.

So every week, from May until July, crews are out here 2 to 3 times a week watering it down. Come July, these swallows and their nests will be gone, at least until next May.

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