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For some, nest law may be hard to swallow

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
A cliff swallow peers from a nest under a carport eave in the Casitas Fire Station housing area.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Birds don't always pick the best locations to build their nests — at least that's the case for the humans impacted by them.
Under the eaves, over the porch or front door, or in a culvert beneath the highway, the nests are sometimes considered a nuisance.
Removal can be tricky, since federal law protects most wild birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
In the Ojai Valley, it's common to see cliff swallows building their nests in close proximity to humans.
After wintering in Central America, the swallows migrate north to build their nests and breed.
Some will go as far as Alaska.

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