Massive crow invasion plagues Pennsylvania borough

February 15, 2012CALIFORNIA, Pa. — California Borough residents said thousands of crows have invaded their neighborhoods, leaving behind a mess every night. People who live in the area said the birds arrive in the area at dusk and stay until sunrise. “At 7 in the morning, it’s louder than my alarm,” said Jess Priest. “It’s really bad. It keeps us up at night. They go to the bathroom everywhere. Our cars get destroyed,” said Jen Sasko. Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported that California University of Pennsylvania used laser lights to get rid of the crows, and that’s when they fled to the American Legion on Second Street. One woman who lives in the area said she made a scarecrow in hopes of ridding her home of the problem. “One day I was so mad I said I was going to build a scarecrow. I didn’t know if they actually worked. I put it in the tree and it didn’t,” Bree Robinson said. Experts said crows roost in cities to be warmer in the winter. –WPXI
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14 Responses to Massive crow invasion plagues Pennsylvania borough

  1. put sented cougar piss or some ungodly smell of a prditor in the trees and they will go some where else


  2. Irene C says:

    I saw a video about this today. Reminded me of the movie “The Birds”.



  3. Columbine says:

    Summer of 2010 I was staying with my parents in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. Sometime in late summer crows/ravens began to appear in increasing numbers each evening and began roosting in the trees around my parents house and in the general area. One evening I counted over 100 of them flying overhead and there were more that I could hear, out of view due to the thick trees, on either side. As these birds prepared to sleep for the night they broke small dead branches out of the aspen trees and dropped them on the ground, occasionally hitting the roof of the camper I was staying in. Just last month while visiting my parents again, my mother commented they had not seen those birds over the summer/fall of 2011. I am not kidding or lying – not 10 minutes later, dozens and dozens began flying over the house – we watched them from the livingroom window. My parents have lived in that house for more than 40 years and there have never been more than a handful of ravens/crows around at any one time until the past 2 years when they began showing up in these huge numbers. I could not help but think of the passage in Revelation, both during the evenings of late summer 2010 and this past January: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”


    • That’s correct. Birds populations will keep exploding according to the prophecy in Revelation because they’ll be carrions for the dead. Afterall, birds have no natural predators and bird flu worries may only be just beginning.


      • Ly says:

        I know this is a late comment, but of course birds have natural predators. Most birds do. Right here in my neighborhood we have some hawks that have taken up residence in the last year and they are decimating the smaller bird population (mostly doves, mockingbirds and blue jays). Cats do a number on baby birds and adult birds, too. Squirrels raid the nests for the eggs, and every spring the ground sports broken eggs everywhere. Possums are in the trees, as are large rats, both of which eat bird eggs and baby birds. I just wanted to note that birds have tons of predators, and this is only a partial list.


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Somewhere, Hitchcock just giggled.


  5. Mette Themsen says:

    OMG, it’s Hitchcock! Sometimes I wonder if pasttime films were more than just fiction, maybe some of them where premonitions?


  6. Sheryl Minns says:

    I can’t help but laugh about the phrase “they go to the bathroom everywhere”! I have this image of crows queueing up at all available bathrooms, little towels over their shoulders…
    Anyway, the thing crows do best is scavenge. Obviously this spot has lots of stuff lying about to scavenge, or the crows wouldn’t be there. Remove the food attraction and you remove the problem. I imagine before the crows use the bathroom, they are eating their fill of garbage that has been inappropriately left around for them.


    • Korinna says:

      I know that made me laugh too haha


    • Columbine says:

      The birds who are roosting in the trees around my parents’ home are not scavenging anything there. Hundreds of them, out in the country, no garbage lying around anywhere not even a decent compost pile!, very few people live in the area and the nearest large city and dump is several dozen miles away. Yes, these birds do congregate to scavenge from dumps and trash heaps normally, but something else is going on. Hundreds of these birds do not normally sudddenly begin to roost in trees in the middle of national forests out in the middle of nowhere where there is no real food supply, arriving every night for several weeks. Where are they coming from???? Why would they fly literally dozens of miles from their food source to roost in those specific trees? Weird. Very weird.


  7. Mr. Chopsticks says:

    Nothing to crow about!


  8. Grandpa says:

    Maybe somone should ask them why they are there…


  9. nanoduck says:

    I love crows. They are extremely intelligent birds. People need to learn to co-exist with the animals…it is their world as well.


  10. Amy says:

    I know a few people who live there and have been dealing with all those birds; I feel bad for them. It’s gross and they are worred about disease. Aside from the birds there, I live in northern Virginia and we have turkey and black vultures everywhere. Way more than usual. The town is getting tons of phone calls and complaints. They sit on roofs and spread their wings out; it’s very creepy. They also throw up everywhere.. it’s gross.


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