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  • Those Pesky Crows!

    7 posts, 5 voices, 1172 views, started May 22, 2012

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Marya1961

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      We have a love of birds, hub and I!  Most of my friends here know that.  Yesterday, I witnessed the most horrible thing that I have ever seen in the bird world.

      We have a bird sanctuary set up in our yard.  There are many different types of birds that visit our feeders.  This has been an ongoing hobby for us for the last eight years.

      Recently, a small group of crows have decided to take up residence across the street from us in a few huge pine trees.  At first, we thought, no big deal, they will probably move on.  No such luck, they have become a small menace to our backyard oasis.  The smaller birds are becoming scared and these crows are taking over.

      I was in my kitchen making dinner when all of a sudden I hear and see a group of robins squawking to no end, jumping up and down and panicked.  Our neighbors have a beautiful shrub with pink flowers and a robin couple made a nest in there.  Well, a crow managed to swoop inside the shrub and grab a fledgling baby and flew off with it.  I am now in a panic.  I yell to hub to go outside and discourage it from coming back, he made a lot of clapping noise, but it did not deter it.

      The crow came back, flew in and grabbed the other fledgling, flew onto my neighbor’s roof and ripped that poor baby bird apart.  I was screaming at this point along with the robins.  It was tragic.

      Now, I must figure out a way to keep these pests out of our yard and possibly out of the area.  I am still saddened by what I saw.  Those babies won’t have a chance now.  I know it is all a part of nature, but it still hurts.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 22, 2012
        • Oh Mary I would have been right there with you in a panic. When I lived in Washington State we had these huge awful ravens that would grab the little babies from the killdeer nests. Killdeer are ground nesters so predators can get their babies pretty easily. We had a nest along our driveway once and I had to set up a barrier so the UPS truck wouldn’t run it over. Maybe the local pet store could give you a solution to deter the crows and protect your little robins. I’m so sorry you had to witness that! Nature can be so cruel.



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          Marya1961 wrote May 22, 2012
        • Thank you Cynthia!  I was so upset that I told Bob he has to come up with a solution to deter predators..he took it the wrong way, thought I was blaming him and we didn’t speak to each other last night.  Today things have calmed down, so we have to put our heads together and figure it out.  We did have a local bird store that answered all our questions, but they moved.  We will now rely on the Internet for ideas.



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          Frannie1964 wrote May 22, 2012
        • Mary, I’m so sorry you had to wittness that. I know it must have been awful.frown

          I also have bird feeders and squirrel feeders. I have the bird feeders inside my gate on the side of the house and the squirrel feeders and what not out front. We have a lot of crows also around here who like to hang out on the wires. I feed them as well, so far all the birds get along as long as they stay in their own little corners. The crows don’t come inside the gate area and they don’t bother the squirrels, so far. But then again, we also have a hawk who hangs around and waits to catch some food. So the food chain is right in our yard...lol, not laughing about your situation but it’s apart of life and there’s nothing we can really do. Although, I do hope the crows in your area don’t do that again cause I know it must have been sad to see. (((hugz)))



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          Mzd3 wrote May 23, 2012
        • I bet that was awful to witness Mary, hope something can be done to keep them away.



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          Marya1961 wrote May 23, 2012
        • Thanks ladies! Yesterday, I ran out side with a large metal pot and a metal spoon and when the crow came into the yard, I banged on the pot and it scared it away.  It said to do that on one of the bird sites.  Bob, of course, thinks I may look like a lunatic, but if it keeps those menaces away, I am happy!



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          Mzd3 wrote May 23, 2012
        • Haha, your hubby is funny, and the neighbors might wonder about you if they see that. happy



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