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Crows take over Los Angeles!

January 23rd, 2007

At least it seems like it! Every winter crows take over our Santa Monicaneighborhood, having wild partie like a bunch of insane winged bikers. They gather in the evenings and mornings and if they choose our part of the neighborhood, the racket can be loud and intimidating.

So I thought I’d get to the bottom of it. I had a little conversation with Kimball L. Garrett from the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. You can read the Los Angeles Crows article here. Particularly poignant are Mr. Garrett’s comments at the end about the poor job we are doing protecting upland habitat such as sage scrub, grasslands, while we focus so much on wetlands. Sounds like a we’ll need to do another article! And feel free to leave you crow and other experiences in the comments!

Oh, one PS to the article. Just after completing it, our local crows were making a particularly big ruckus. Next thing we knew, a swarm of them flew over our heads chasing a huge hawk who appeared to be clutching something (or someone, ooh hoo ha ha). We don’t get big old hawks in our neighborhood very often, so it was pretty impressive!

Entry Filed under: Animals, Fun, Issues, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

7 Comments

  • 1. Carol Bahoric  |  August 4th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Any chance you have an email address for Mr. Kimball Garrett? I’m on the Board of the Cheviot Hills Homeowners ASsociation & we are trying to find a way of dealing with the enormous explosion in our crow population. thanks. Carol bahoric

  • 2. Ellen Porter  |  March 11th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Hi there
    I was interested to read about crows in L.A. When visiting L.A. a fews years ago with my family, we went to Disney Land and although the kids were greatly taken with the rides etc., my attention, when travelling on the circuit train, was drawn to the huge quantities of bird dung laying along the edge of the tracks all over the pipes, everywhere. I was stunned by the amount on the whole circuit and thought the area must be a refuge for some type of bird. At the end of the tour around 4 pm I soon discovered the return of the crows to roost. I must say it was the most spectacular sight and left a far more lasting impression on me than the attractions at the fun park. It left me wondering if Daphne DuMaurier had spent time around the area and been inspired by the behaviour of the crows for her book “The birds”.

    I am from Tasmania, Australia and thoroughly enjoy watching the activity of our large Ravens, but they do not seem to gather in such large numbers.

    Thank you for your program
    Ellen

  • 3. Flowers  |  January 13th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    They basically act like a bunch of bikers pulling into town to pillage. I’ve come to really enjoy it but it is still fun to raise my fist and shout obscenities at them like a cranky downstairs neighbor during a kegger.

  • 4. Gloria Burton  |  October 3rd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I started getting friendly with one crow, that I calll “Crow” and he seems to understand and acts just a little embarrassed. Then he was joined by a friend and now there’s a whole bunch of them. Now I don’t know what to do because I’d like to stay friendly with “Crow” but my neighbors are going to start bitching about all the crows we’re having in the neighborhood.

  • 5. Larry Schellhase  |  December 16th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I put seed in my bird feeder last week (I haven’t done that in many months) but no birds have shown up yet. This is very unusual, normally I have lots of bird at the feeder. I was wondering if it is because the large number of crows we had last year displaced other birds? I know that the crows raided the nest of the swallows on my front porch.

    I am in West LA near Century City.

  • 6. leandra  |  September 10th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I am an avid crow watcher but was shocked not seeing crows at Whittier Narrows yesterday at sunset! There use to be zillions, flying in from all over the city to sleep in the trees at night.They would even fly from Altadena to Whittier Narrows! Where are they?! Did the West Nile Virus kill them? I’m concerned!

  • 7. leandra  |  September 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I am an avid crow watcher but was shocked not seeing crows at Whittier Narrows yesterday at sunset! There use to be zillions, flying in from all over the city to sleep in the trees at night.They would even fly from Altadena to Whittier Narrows! Where are they?! Did the West Nile Virus kill them? I’m concerned! 9-9-11

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