Besieged by birds

Stephanie Andersen walks among her new unwelcome neighbors, thousands of seagulls who have made a part-time home of the percolation ponds operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, in the Almaden Neighborhood of San Jose, California, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Residents in the neighborhood are complaining about the mess the noisy seagulls leave behind. (Maria J Avila Lopez/San Jose Mercury News/MCT) Stephanie Andersen walked among her new unwelcome neighbors, thousands of seagulls who have made a part-time home in the Almaden neighborhood of San Jose, Calif. The birds have been staying in percolation ponds operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Thomas and Stephanie Andersen bought a nice house in the suburbs last April, with a manicured lawn, a porch and a patio out back.

Everything was going well for the 30-something couple and their two young daughters on the quiet cul-de-sac in San Jose's Almaden Valley neighborhood.

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