BEL AIRE, Kan. (KAKE) - The bird battle of Bel Aire is over. A local woman received a letter from the city about a potential code violation involving a bird house in her backyard. She says she’s not violating any rules involving animal nuisances and eventually, after an investigation, the city agreed. 

Lisa Barney has loved purple martins for 18 years. She loves the way they look and sound but the sound initially appeared to be a problem to Bel Aire city code enforcement. 

“I received a certified letter from the city of Bel Aire stating that they had complaints over a bird house,” said Lisa Barney, Bel Aire resident. 

A courtesy letter she received Saturday said she was violating the nuisance enforcement code involving animals. Specifically that she was either maintaining dead animals or domestic animals that were causing discomfort to occupants by creating noise. But the birds aren’t domesticated. 

“I thought there’s a 'Karen' that lives next to me. And I’m being singled out and harassed over wild birds I have no control over. No more than wild geese in a pond,” said Barney. 

She says she’s never received complaints from her neighbors before and there are others in her neighborhood with similar bird house structures.

Barney currently has 2 bird house structures in her backyard, but when she lived in Wichita she had 7 that would bring 100 birds to her backyard regularly. 

She says because of their protected status it’s federally illegal for the city to move the nests containing babies and eggs. 

“Once they know you, they don't fly or run from you. They’re very friendly with people and it's kind of like they understand we’re helping them,” said Barney. 

Barney was concerned the city would ask her to remove the bird house structure even though she asked for permission before she built it in 2021. 

The city enforcement officer met with Barney Thursday night and after investigating, found that the birds were not too loud. Barney was not in violation of any noise ordinance. The case is now closed. 

Barney hoped to keep her backyard bird house so she can continue her mission to help the species.

“And if you want, you or your grandkids, or their kids want to enjoy these birds, they need help and I’m helping them,” said Barney.