As the video begins, a bar of stainless steel anti-bird spikes can be seen dangling precariously from atop a six-story wall in the courtyard of an apartment building. San Francisco Animal Care and Control officers had recently ordered the building management to open the netting so that wild birds nesting inside the walls would be able to exit to forage as well as to re-enter to feed their young. Prior to the netting being opened, workers had again trapped the birds within the courtyard where building management had again made no effort to ensure that the trapped animals were provided with access to nourishment.
When a building worker opened the netting which had been blocking the fire escape at this corner, the bar of spikes became loose and over a period of days began to shift from the edge of the roof into the courtyard where it posed a danger both to birds frequently passing through the opening as well as to tenants who routinely reach out from the windows below as they tend potted plants. This is not the first incident of dangling bars of spikes above tenant windows. This bar of spikes eventually fell 5 stories and now rests atop a lower roof within the netted courtyard.
As the recording device adjusts to the comparatively bright light of the sky, multiple layers of anti-bird netting become visible blowing about in the wind. The original layer of netting appears to be two-inch mesh and was partially burned during a fire which occurred in a fourth floor unit below during 2011. The newer layers of netting, added in 2011, appear to be half-inch mesh. Some layers are not well secured and birds routinely become enmeshed in the layers and folds of loose netting from which they repeatedly struggle to free themselves. Their feathers, which are necessary for their ability to fly as their only defense against many dangers, are often damaged or lost during struggles with the netting.
As the camera pans to the right, at 23 seconds, the bones of a dead bird are visible dangling from the netting over the courtyard. A roof-top television antenna where mourning doves routinely perch during migration is also visible. More poorly secured netting can be seen gathered into piles along the western roof of the courtyard.
Both tenants and wild birds are repeatedly placed in jeopardy in this courtyard a mere three blocks from San Francisco City Hall.
Duration 34 seconds. Video track only. Recorded on an iPhone 4S.
The QuickTime MOV file is the highest quality version.