Carrollton Plans Egret Cleanup

Egrets nest in Carrollton neighborhood

By Sara Story
|  Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011  |  Updated 5:58 PM CDT
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Egrets are wreaking havoc on one Carrollton neighborhood.

Sara Story, NBCDFW.com

Egrets are wreaking havoc on one Carrollton neighborhood.

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The city of Carrollton is getting ready to clean up the huge mess left by hundreds of birds.

The Carrollton City Council met Tuesday to discuss cleanup plans and how it can keep egrets from nesting in the same spot next year.

Residents on Chamberlain Street say they've been living in filth all summer. Jeff Foster said hundreds of egrets have nested in the trees above his street.

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody, anywhere," he said.

He said the birds should move on soon, but they've left a dirty mark. 

"We have bird excrement everywhere," Foster said. "We find dead fish that they bring from the pond laying in our yards, broken eggs that have fallen out of nests. We find nesting debris.

The city has not been able to clean up the street yet because the birds are federally protected and can't be disturbed while they're nesting.

City leaders call it a lose-lose situation.

"If we don't clean up, the residents are mad, and if we do clean up and disturb the birds, there are a lot of bird lovers that are watching this, [and] then we are in a lot of trouble," City Manager Leonard Martin said.

As soon as nesting is over, the city will wash the public streets and sidewalks. They'll also teach residents how to prevent Egrets from nesting in the same spot next year.

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