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Flock of giant California condors trashes woman’s home

  • CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                California condor droppings were left scattered over a porch after a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over the deck over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

    CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    California condor droppings were left scattered over a porch after a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over the deck over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

  • CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                California condors rested on Cinda Mickols’ porch as a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck over last weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

    CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    California condors rested on Cinda Mickols’ porch as a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck over last weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

  • CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                California condors rested on Cinda Mickols porch as a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

    CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    California condors rested on Cinda Mickols porch as a flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

  • CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Two California condors rested on Cinda Mickols’ porch railing over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. A flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck the last few days. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

    CINDA MICKOLS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Two California condors rested on Cinda Mickols’ porch railing over the weekend in Tehachapi, Calif. A flock of the rare, endangered birds took over her deck the last few days. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in Tehachapi and have made quite a mess.

TEHACHAPI, Calif. >> Giant California condors are rare — but not at Cinda Mickols’ home.

About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in the city of Tehachapi and made quite a mess.

Mickols’ daughter, Seana Quintero of San Francisco, began posting photos of the rowdy guests on Twitter.

She told the San Francisco Chronicle the birds showed up at her mother’s home sometime last weekend.

The birds have trashed the deck — ruining a spa cover, decorative flags and lawn ornaments. Plants have been knocked over, railings scratched and there’s poop everywhere.

“She’s definitely frustrated but also is in awe of this and knows what an unusual experience this is,” Quintero said of her mother.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs a program to save the species from extinction, responded on Twitter. The agency noted that the house is in historic condor habitat, and suggested that Mickols try harmless hazing like shouting and clapping or spraying water.

California condors almost vanished in the 1980s before the few remaining birds were captured and placed in zoos for captive breeding. A few hundred birds are now in the wild.

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