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Bird Invasion at Call Field and Kemp a Nuisance For Area Businesses

If you've driven around the area of Kemp and Call Field at dusk or dawn lately, you've seen, or at least you've heard, all the birds that seem to congregate there every day.
If you've driven around the area of Kemp and Call Field at dusk or dawn lately, you've seen, or at least you've heard, all the birds that seem to congregate there every day.

Business managers in that area like Tina Phillips, who works at Burger King, says the birds' droppings can be found all over the place: on trees, sidewalks and cars.

"The customers are mainly shocked about how many birds there actually is right in this vicinity," Phillips says. "I got a couple of employees that say they won't go outside after dark because they're afraid the birds are going to attack them because there's so many."

She says the birds have become a nuisance.

"You can't even hear your customers ordering sometimes because of the birds, "chappering" and jabbering back there is what we call it," Phillips says.

Phillips says she has noticed Sike Senter Mall take action in an effort to get rid of the birds.

"There's a white truck," Phillips says. "It kind of, it's a little bitty white, with a cab in the back. They have a little blow horn and they go around to each tree and they blow that horn. When they blow that horn; all them birds fly to this side."

Kenji Simone, an employee at Jimmy Johns, says the restaurant is in the target zone.

Simone says, "It looks like an Alfred Hitchcock film. Lots of birds all around."

He says something needs to be done about the waste that is piling up.

"We definitely could use a little clean up job. Yes a lot. You can't park over there. It's hard to cross the road. You want to avoid the entire median," Simone says.

Phillips says they are doing everything they can to keep their area clean.

"We've been using buckets of sanitizer water and throwing it out on the sidewalks and on the walkways just to get rid of it. That can make a child sick, an adult sick, anybody sick. That's poop," Phillips says.

While it may be hard to control where the birds gather, Simone has this one last tip of advice. 

He says, "Just watch where you step."

Sike Senter Mall officials declined to comment on the bird situation stating they don't have a bird problem.
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