June 27

Why are huge crows attacking my head?



Our sister site Maple Leaf Life posted this timely, fascinating explanation for why crows seem downright Hitchcockian lately.

And is it our imagination, or are they also depositing their bodily waste in places we’re more likely to see it (at the foot of our stairs, on our car, etc.)?

From Maple Leaf Life…

Photo courtesy Simone Lupson-Cook

Ever wonder why the crows in your neighborhood suddenly start frantically cawing at you, dive bombing you and possibly even hitting you in the head as you innocently walk down the block?

Simone Lupson-Cook, a Maple Leaf resident and falconer who has previously written here on local owls, has some answers.

Simone says:

May and June are important months for our local crows. Their babies are fledging (i.e. coming out of the nest and learning to fly) and are very vulnerable at this stage. The adults are trying to keep predators away from the young as they learn what is and isn’t safe.

Many crows live in family groups. There is a main pair but their offspring from previous years may help raise their younger siblings. This is why you might have more than just two crows yelling at you as you walk down the block.

Continue reading on Maple Leaf Life.

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  1. I have befriended my local crows. I have a mated couple and at least one off spring. They know me by face and I feed them regularly. They tolerate my cats watching them, and walking in the yard. Still at times they are noisy before I feed them!

    1. Jolene: Glad I’m not imagining things. While I was walking down the street recently, one followed me then relieved him/herself right beside me. Point taken!

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