OC Residents Angry At Construction Workers For Chopping Down Protected Birds Nest

(FOX 11) A Balboa peninsula neighborhood, in mourning and angry over a tree that was chopped down last week. This tree was the nesting tree of two federally protected birds. Ed Laskos was there and joins us with more on how this happened.

Days after neighbors watched it happened-this cell phone video shows construction workers knocking down a big 50-year old fichus tree, and the dozens of bird nests that came falling down to the ground with the tree.

As the tree and the bird nests come down, neighbors like Peter Peck rush in - trying to save the birds. He was actually able to safe several birds - carrying them away. The side-walk still scared by the broken eggs that fell from the nests, and the shells are all that's left now.

Many of the birds, like Snowy Egrets and Black-Crowned Night Herons are still out circling the very spot where their nests and tree once stood.

The birds that did survived are now being treated at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, 7-birds did survive but they're hurting from leg injuries.

Snowy Egrets and Black Crowned Night Herons are not endangered, but they are protected by state and federal law - as they're migratory birds, leaving many here wanting justice for the birds and the eggs that were all destroyed.

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