A seagull flew into two power lines Monday morning, causing an outage that affected about 10,000 residents of the Capitola area, a PG&E spokeswoman said.
The bird flew into the wires at 42nd Avenue and Clares Street at about 5:50 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell said.
Power had been restored to 8,890 customers by 6:35 a.m., and the rest of the customers had their electricity back by 9:45 a.m., Tell said.
Tell said it is rare for a bird to cause an outage.
“We try to safeguard equipment against birds,” Tell said. “Unfortunately, the bird didn’t make it.”