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    are there just a crapload of crows (the bird) in your area?

    i'm in santa rosa. i live along a creek. lots of trees.

    there were easily 50 - 75 crows flying and and out of a tree last night. what a racket! it was a sight to behold. i had a small bird nest in my front porch. some crow came and wiped it out. i see hawks flying away in fear.

    a week ago, there was a big gray squirrel on my fence with a nut. four crows were harrasing him, i assume hoping he drops the nut. that thing just ran and ran.

    is there some blooming crow population going on right now? these things have no idea how good i am with a slingshot. ha!. JUST KIDDING!! (i am pretty good with a slingshot)
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    For freaking sure. I thought I noticed it more this year. There's about 5 in my garden everyday. It's freaking me out since they are so loud. And smart.

    They seem to be the perfect urban organism. Live among us but don't get in our way. They look like they're always thinking.
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    We had a bunch of crows last year.
    Maybe they migrated to your neck of the woods.


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    There's a reason a flock of crows is called a 'murder'.

    Any children missing from your area?

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    ^^ Jinx!

    It's not a crapload. It's a murder.

    One of the coolest things I've seen them do is fly up in the air with walnuts, then drop them onto a road to crack 'em!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ Jinx!

    It's not a crapload. It's a murder.

    One of the coolest things I've seen them do is fly up in the air with walnuts, then drop them onto a road to crack 'em!
    Until they drop that walnut on your windshield. F'ers.


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    Corvids, Octopus, and Fungi - these are our true masters, and all controlled by Bacteria, BTW.

    Also - Google "smart crow"

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    Humans make garbage and crows now dominate the access to that garbage.
    It used to be the Sea Gulls that did this but the crows have chased them away too. I've seen murders of crows this year so large, Alfred Hitchcock would be scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee29 View Post
    Humans make garbage and crows now dominate the access to that garbage.
    It used to be the Sea Gulls that did this but the crows have chased them away too. I've seen murders of crows this year so large, Alfred Hitchcock would be scared.

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    It seems like crows can scavenge, they can go vegetarian or be carnivores. Very advanced organism. And they know exactly how to deal with humans.

    I heard they can solve the rubix cube too and even do the pvd drop.
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    i've heard that crows were not present in sf or maybe even the bay area until the 1970's.

    blame them for high housing costs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH40 View Post
    Corvids, Octopus, and Fungi - these are our true masters, and all controlled by Bacteria, BTW.

    Also - Google "smart crow"
    Wow. The 'crow funeral' is something else!
    What's wrong with him??

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    West nile virus seriously depressed the crow population for the last ten years or so along with magpies and many other birds. The crows remaining are resistant to the virus and the populations are rebounding. That isn't necessarily good for people like me that grow nuts (pistachios) - a good "mob" of crows can strip a tree in no time. We pop the mobs with an air rifle without pellets and they move on to bug someone else.
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    Just remember to burn any dead crows that you may find. Especially now that the wall is down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knobs View Post
    Just remember to burn any dead crows that you may find. Especially now that the wall is down.
    Aye, The crow is the raven's poor cousin. They are both beggars in black, hated and misunderstood

    - Aemon to Jon Snow

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    What's the difference between a crow and a raven?

    Hmmm??
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    The rotten bastidges hang out in my tree and tease my son's JRT. The squirrels used to until he jumped up into the tree and caught the little fluffy-tailed rat! The squirrels don't come around any more.

    Crows are illegal to shoot, too.
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    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...-unfair-trade/

    Ravens and other members of the corvid family (crows, jays, and magpies) are known to be intelligent. They can remember individual human faces, expertly navigate human environments (like trash cans), and they even hold funerals for their dead.

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    Ravens are the larger of the two by quite a bit - both are 'Corvids' however.


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    "Crows belong to the family Corvidae, which also includes ravens, magpies, jackdaws, and jays. All corvids display a range of intelligent behaviors that not only surpass that of other birds, but most mammals as well. To the uninitiated, the idea that a bird species could be up there with dolphins and chimps might be pretty surprising, but the evidence is insurmountable.

    "They have a theory of mind. They remember what I've done before, and they predict what I'm going to do in the future," says Kevin McGowan, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who has been studying crows for 20 years and has tagged over 2,000 of them to study their reproductive and social behavior."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...-unfair-trade/

    Ravens and other members of the corvid family (crows, jays, and magpies) are known to be intelligent. They can remember individual human faces, expertly navigate human environments (like trash cans), and they even hold funerals for their dead.

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    I believe the 'funeral' is meant to assess whether there is a threat in the area that they need to protect themselves from. They are winged coroners of doom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Wow. The 'crow funeral' is something else!
    Wow indeed - that is amazing.

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    I'm proud to say I follow a crow on FB:

    https://youtu.be/flU0rDDGtHU
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...-unfair-trade/

    Ravens and other members of the corvid family (crows, jays, and magpies) are known to be intelligent. They can remember individual human faces, expertly navigate human environments (like trash cans), and they even hold funerals for their dead.

    ....
    There's a vid on YouTube of a crow dropping items into a beaker of water to raise the water level so it can get the floating nut out.

    I had floating nut once, but the doc gave me a shot and it went away.
    What's wrong with him??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    I'm proud to say I follow a crow on FB:

    https://youtu.be/flU0rDDGtHU
    That is AWEsome. Thanks for da link!
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    Someone in my Dads neighborhood feeds the birds un shelled peanuts. They bring them to my Dads fountain and drop them in and wait till the shell is soft and then open them and eat the peanut and leave a mess in the fountain. That's pretty damn smart.

    I read somewhere they are descendants of dinosaurs.

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    Crows are insanely smart.

    The limit during the season is 24/day. Choot 'um n eat 'um. I have a friend in the valley that grows tree nut crops. They're murderous on the crops. There's a big community nearby of vietnamese, IIRC, and they absolutely love my buddy for sharing all his quarry with them. It's quite the desirable game bird for them. My buddy still has not tried the product. Something about "eating crow" that has him troubled.

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    Crows are taking over the bird world. Did tje OP say, hawks are flying away in fear?
    Funny as hell but not sure if i should be scared.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LaloKera View Post
    Crows are taking over the bird world. Did tje OP say, hawks are flying away in fear?
    Funny as hell but not sure if i should be scared..
    The hawks are flying away dejected because their nests have been pillaged by the crows. Other bird species quickly learn to nest where there are no sign of crows. They drive birds away that consume insects and disrupt natures balance.. They can devastate some delicate eco-systems simply by reaching critical mass in small area. I suppose they have a purpose on this earth but it's not clear to me what that purpose is

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    when we built the Devils slide bridge, a single crow (they all look alike to me) would land on our trucks and peel our windshield wipers off. just yank it off. he got one truck a day.

    one day, he went away. i have no idea. never asked. i bet a nail gun was involved. you could walk right up to him. it was fearless. waving your arms..he would just look at you with his beady eyes and peck at your wiper blades until he got a piece he could grab.

    he messed with the wrong carpenter with a gas powered framing nailer would be my guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee29 View Post
    The hawks are flying away dejected because their nests have been pillaged by the crows. Other bird species quickly learn to nest where there are no sign of crows. They drive birds away that consume insects and disrupt natures balance.. They can devastate some delicate eco-systems simply by reaching critical mass in small area. I suppose they have a purpose on this earth but it's not clear to me what that purpose is
    The Harbingers of the End Times, no doubt. Humans are their only abundant natural predator and they can defend themselves by mob against the few birds that can take them or their eggs. We're screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee29 View Post
    The hawks are flying away dejected because their nests have been pillaged by the crows. Other bird species quickly learn to nest where there are no sign of crows. They drive birds away that consume insects and disrupt natures balance.. They can devastate some delicate eco-systems simply by reaching critical mass in small area. I suppose they have a purpose on this earth but it's not clear to me what that purpose is
    When we humans eff it up, they're taking over the world. It's either them or roaches.
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    Allegedly a serious issue in Metro Vancouver, BC area. Here, they document dive bombing attacks.

    CrowTraxare there just a crapload of crows (the bird) in your area?-0527-na-attic-crow1.jpg
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    Lots to be learned here.

    Just like millenials, they're taking over the Bay Area and pushing out locals.

    https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/arti...a-12372635.php
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    There's lots of crows in Redding, I can hear one now. There aren't any on the outskirts of town where the trails are. On the trail I see a lot of turkeys, vultures, hawks, small birds, owls at night, etc...

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    CA allows you to hunt them Dec to April. you can knock down 24 a day!!

    doesn't help if the genius birds set up residence within city limits. brilliant.

    i bet the authorities take them out eventually.
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    Here in the San Jose area I have noticed an increase in the crow population which seems to be inline with the increase in the homeless population. Discuss.
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    I heard if you sneak a fake dead crow out in your yard and leave it for a few days they will see it and never come back. Our neighbor is trying it now. We'll see.

    We just had a massacre in our yard, crows ravaged a blue jay nest.
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    That would make a good avatar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Lots to be learned here.

    Just like millenials, they're taking over the Bay Area and pushing out locals.

    https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/arti...a-12372635.php
    "I believe the crows are announcing the official start of the apocalypse," said one interviewee.
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    It will be truly troubling when the crows supplant the 9th inning seagulls at AT&T Park. Then Sir Alfred's prophecy will be fulfilled.


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    In the Northbay, I blame Alfred Hitchcock.
    Why Johnny Ringo, you look like someone just walked over your grave.

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    I recall my grandfather telling me when he was young, he was paid something like five cents per crow's beak he turned into the local farmers grange. He and buddies would shoot them with 22's from farmers fields. Guess they have been pests for a long time...

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    I grew up in Davis, where the crow population is huge. Everybody knew not to park their cars under the big oak trees on Russell Blvd. Anybody foolish enough to not notice the birds roosting in the trees would come out to find a solid white car in the morning.
    The crows would roost in town overnight, then fly out to the farm fields and orchards at sunrise. The twice a day migration was something to see.
    Crows and ravens are mentioned in the Old Testament as animals to avoid eating.


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