A murder of crows have saturated the downtown area of Springfield, Ohio to the point that the inner city is looking like it came right out of the Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” said one of the city’s leaders. Springfield isn’t hosting 1,000 or 2,000 birds, it is now the roosting place for upward of 50,000 to 60,000 crows, according to News Max on Dec. 12.
These crows put the city and the downtown businesses in a financial bind as the cleanups after their droppings have been astronomical in cost. The businesses have lost revenue as people avoid the bird droppings from above and stay away from the area. 60,000 birds means 60,000 calling cards left on the streets, sidewalks, benches and buildings. The noise these crows make can be deafening with the cawing chorus heard at a constant rate, reports MSN News today.
The crows are also a health hazard with bird poop splattered as far as the eye can see. So why have the crows picked the city for their place to gather? Aviation education specialist, Jim McCormac, who is with the state’s Division of Wildlife, has his own theories on why the crows are loving downtown Springfield.
“Crows are very smart and probably have learned they are safer in urban areas,” McCormac said. He also said that the crows have few to no predators in the downtown area. They have aggravated the city dwellers, but they have learned that they are not targets of predators as they sit on top of the buildings, fences, and telephone wires.
The city has tried noise machines, which work, but not for long as the birds appear to get used to the noise. Laser pointers were another tool the folks tried, but again once the birds realize there’s no harm in the light, they don’t seem care about it.
City events have been canceled due to the crows because you can’t invite a bunch of people to an event where they have to dodge droppings to get into the building. The city estimates it has cost the individual business owners $10,000 each in cleanup after these crows.
McCormac also said how the crows have quickly learned that the buildings in the city shield them from the high winds that they would experience in the open fields of suburban farms. Not to mention how all the concrete keeps the area warmer than temperatures they’d find out in the open. It is ideal for the birds, as they are not in any danger, they’re shielded from the wind and the warmth of the concrete takes the bite out of the bitter winter chill. Why would they want to leave?