Sometimes crows can’t help it. They cause trouble at home and abroad.
Crows At Home:
Andrew Mumma reported that the population roosting on Pitt’s campus exploded Wednesday night, October 17, resulting in slippery, stinky sidewalks on Thursday morning.
Pitt responded Thursday evening by playing the “Crow Scare” tape near Clapp Hall. (Click here to hear it.) When Karen Lang left work around 7pm she saw a peregrine falcon, maybe Terzo, dive bombing the crow zone at Alumni Hall. Did the crows annoy him? Or was it the kakking noise on the tape?
The caption for the Wikimedia photo above says “A sign warning people about crows in Fukuzumi-cho, Eniwa, Hokkaido.” It’s probably referring to jungle crows (Corvus macrorhynchos), also called large-billed crows, a common bird in Japanese cities.
Large-billed crows are famous for causing problems in Japan.
- They raid garbage bags by dismantling them with their beaks.
- They steal metal coat hangers and insulation to add to their nests.
- They sometimes nest on power poles where the coat hangers short circuit the wires and cause widespread power failures.
So what is this sign about? I can’t read Japanese but maybe you can. Here’s a closeup.
If you know what this says, please leave a comment with the answer. I would love to know what the crows are up to!
UPDATE: See the Comments below for two translations.
(two sizes of the same photo from Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original)