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Bird droppings at North Side apartment complex a big problem

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A parking spot in Lakeview has become infamous for its bad luck. If you are parked there for several hours, your car will become covered by a layer of bird droppings. In fact, it's become so bad that some drivers claim they could barely recognize the color of their car!

Strangely enough, this has been happening in the same spot for at least a decade.

There are dozens of trees that line Stratford Place, but day after day, cars below one particular tree are covered in bird poop in a matter of hours.

"I said ‘holy crap!' I mean, come on," Franco Gianni said, reacting to the unlucky decision to park his car in this same space four years ago.

"This is nothing compared to normal," Gianni says of the car's current coverings. "Bad is when you can't really see out your windshield. It's that bad."

Gianni and his Lakeview neighbors have been scratching their heads for years. Why do the birds keep coming back to the same spot?

"During the day, they go out looking for food and then at night, they come to that tree to roost because they feel safe there," Brookfield Zoo's bird curator Tim Snyder explains.

Snyder says there's a good chance the culprits are European Starlings and estimates 200 of them did this. Birds have great memories and always find their way back to their favorite trees—not to mention, the bird migratory season is underway and Chicago is right in middle of their route. That means, more bird poop is to come.

And it could damage your car, if you don't react quickly.

"Get it off right away," one car expert says. "Over time it can eat through your clear coat and you might have to repaint your car."

The folks over at Erie LaSalle Body Shop say it's important to get your car washed immediately. If you want to be proactive, you can get car detailed to get a coat of protectant on your car.

Our bird expert says the residents along Stratford can expect the birds to leave when it gets cold and there are no more leaves left on the trees. But once it warms up, they'll be back--likely at the same exact spot.

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