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AstroChuck's avatar

Is there an influx of crows where you are?

Asked by AstroChuck (37294points) June 25th, 2009

Here in the Sacramento area I’ve noticed an explosion in the crow population. Everywhere I go all I hear is caw caw. Is that just here or have you noticed more crows than usual lately?

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hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I was just there all last week, I love corvids but don’t recall seeing any. You must be very special :D

Darwin's avatar

We don’t have any crows down here in South Texas. We do have Grackles but their populations don’t seem to have come back all the way yet from the pigeon pox epidemic of a few years ago.

However, Caracaras and Green Jays do seem to be expanding their ranges into our area.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Crows are common here in the Midwest. I haven’t seen as many as I have in past years, but then, that could be due to the fact that crows are one of the first creatures to die from West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes.

@Darwin, I hate grackles, can I send you ours? We have way too many for my tastes.

Darwin's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra – Sure. Why does everyone hate grackles? They may poop on your car if you park under trees at sunset, but at least they don’t hang out over the front door and poop on my guests, unlike pigeons.

loser's avatar

Yeah, for about a year now.

SeventhSense's avatar

Well in the Northeast they have increased in numbers due to strip malls. Apparently wherever there is a dumpster there is a ready made food supply and they are quite resourceful at picking through trash. If there are no vultures they are usually the predominant scavenger bird of garbage and carrion.

Darwin's avatar

@SeventhSense – In our area that niche is filled by Laughing Gulls, who also find the flat, gravel-covered roofs of said strip malls to be ideal nesting spots. We have vultures, too, but the gulls out-vulture the vultures.

SeventhSense's avatar

Yes we have gulls too but they keep their distance from the crows.
It’s like the Crips and the Bloods.

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