Saturday, February 18, 2017

Invasion Of The Crows...!

I may have mentioned this before, but I like crows. I find them very interesting and extremely smart.

From time to time though, they can be a when they decide to take over a town. Here's that story for ya.

California, Pennsylvania

In 2012, the small college town of California, Pennsylvania, was invaded from the air by thousands of crows. According to the town’s residents, the sound of the crows was unbearable. One compared their sound to raindrops while another said they were louder than an alarm clock.

Besides being a general nuisance, mass numbers of birds taking over an area can be harmful because of the illnesses they spread and their effects on infrastructure. Most bird invasions like the one in California, Pennsylvania, occur in the winter because the birds are attracted to the lights of urban areas along with the heat generated.

To try to get the crows to leave the town, authorities used grape extract smoke, which works like pepper spray for crows and is neither harmful to plants nor other species of birds. Within moments of use, the crows will leave areas where grape extract has been sprayed.

First of all, let me say that I never heard of this town before. Seems like a strange name to me, but what do I know? Secongly, I had no idea that grape extract was like pepper spray to a crow. I know that when I worked in the produce section of a grocery store (long time ago) and we had fruit flies, we would make them go away by spraying peppermint extract around. Seemed to work for us.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Temps are going back to the 80s again.


JO said...

Just the other day a friend posted a picture of lots of birds in a town they were visiting but I think they were starlings which are nasty. I've never here of that town either strange name.

Very cloudy here and will only be in the low 60's and rain this after noon. Sounds nice on the patio

Dizzy-Dick said...

I lived the first half of my life at near Butler, PA which is 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. California, PA is south of Pittsburgh.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Birds are a wonder sometimes. Then at other time, they can be a pain in the butt!
Thanks for stopping by, sweetie!

Hey Dizzy...
Thanks for clearing that up. I was all confused, but that's normal for me lately!
Thanks for coming over today!