The Predator (2018)
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The social life of corvids
Available online 20 August 2007.
Of the 120 species of birds in the corvid family, which includes the crows, ravens, magpies and jays, the bare-faced rook is perhaps the most social of them all. At a rookery in Norfolk, for example, winter roosts can number up to 60,000 individuals. The name for a congregation of rooks is a ‘parliament’. In English folklore, parliament is an apt name for rook justice, as it is said that rooks form a circle around a wrongdoer producing a cacophony of calls and caws which can go on for hours until the offender is either attacked and killed or released to live another day. Although only fiction, such tales reflect their canny reputation as thieves and tricksters, as well as possessors of great wisdom.
Like most birds, corvids are monogamous, and the core unit is therefore the mated pair. This pair bond is typically for life, and the pair remains together throughout the year. For example, rooks and ravens find a partner during the autumn months, taking part in impressive aerobatic displays and food sharing which may be to assess the quality of a potential mate. Once juvenile rooks and ravens pair, they engage in extensive mutual preening and bill twining (bill holding) and support one another in fights.
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It’s almost a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” in Rochester . Well, sort of. It’s not quite as scary.
Rochester resident Jason Buck says, “It’s just basically a big blob of black birds. It’s kind of weird.”
Rochester resident Brandon Icenberg says, “It’s the sounds of crows. You know, their CAW! That’s all you hear.”
Hundreds of crows have moved in to the grounds of the Fulton County Courthouse and it’s the first time this has ever happened.
Icenberg says, “I was kind of freaked out by it.”
Fulton County Commission Roger Rose says, “It really started when we had that real bad cold spell and it got way down below zero. That’s when the crows decided they wanted to roost here.”
The crows actually leave during the day and return just as the sun is going down. While they may not be around, they sure do leave their mark. Bird dropping are on signs, the trees and even the lights.
Fulton County maintenance supervisor Randy Grundrum says, “They’re making quite a mess on the side walk.”
Grundrum is the man tasked with getting rid of the birds.
Grundrum says, “I was going to get some goal ol’ boys with some 12 gauges to come out some night. That was met with mixed reviews.”
Don’t worry, nobody’s going to murder this murder of crows. The county prefers a more humane approach, like trying to scare them off with loud sounds.
Another idea, the county is looking at, is turning of the spot lights that shine on the courthouse. The thought is by turning them off, the birds will lose their protection.
Grundrum says, “There seems to be some opinion out there that the light makes them feel more secure because they feel like hawks can’t swoop them as easy.”
They think the crows will eventually fly the coop on their own. While they may be annoying now, one resident says he will be sad to see them go.
Buck says, “It’s just soothing. It’s weird to hear birds in the middle of winter.”
There is some concern that there could be some health issues from the bird droppings.
The Fulton County Health Department says there really shouldn’t be a problem. They say the birds would have to be there for two or more years before there would be any concerns.
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