Aggressive crows seen around Ballard

file_crowIt’s that time of year again where Ballard crows become loud and territorial.

My Ballard reader Alyssa emailed in to report that she was dive bombed and attacked by an aggressive crow this morning on 64th and 20th.

“I searched for crows dive bombing in Ballard and found a post from a few years ago. It might be good to call out the aggressive crows again or warn people on that corner because it was pretty terrifying,” writes Alyssa.

The post from 2010 mentioned an incident on 32nd and 62nd where a crow attacked a My Ballard reader, scratching his head and drawing blood.

Make sure to be aware of these territorial Ballard birds when walking around the neighborhood this Spring.

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Katie
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Katie

I was attacked one morning a few weeks ago near Market and Leary when I was walking to the bus. So scary!

Laura13
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Laura13

“call out the aggressive crows again”?
I do doubt they read My Ballard.

gracie
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gracie

They are guarding their nests and/or babies.

bob
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bob

They were terrorizing our kids in the lawn so I shot one dead with a pellet gun and put an orange cone out at the same time. Anytime I put the orange cone out they leave us alone.

Julie
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Julie

I have had crows raise a nestling that fell out of the nest in my yard. They are very smart. As long as I didn’t look at the baby I could walk in and out and even do weeding in the yard without being bothered. I could even walk my dog by on leash.

jezbian
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jezbian

as gracie said they are protecting/protective of their babies/fledglings.
i hope noone else takes deadly action against the protective parents.
if we were able to shoot every human parent being who was being obnoxious about their babies/young kids there would be a lot more single-parent families/orlhans out there.

this is a small amount of time in the year – we need to understand how other species protect their young just as we do – there are simple NON-LETHAL MEANS – use an umbrella to walk between home and car, encourage kids to play in another yard/park for a week, etc. there’s a good site i will try to find and post later.

kathotdog
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kathotdog

Bob – Crows are a protected species.

Pixie Girl
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Pixie Girl

Glad to see this posted – i live on the corner where this is happening – for the last four years in the spring. He only goes after certain people – not sure what the criteria is as have also left food out. He comes after me every morning/evening to my car, – dive bombs the car as well to the corner of 65th/20th..4x time this morning. Yes, there is a nest in the hedge. In previous years it only lasted 2.5 weeks. It is an awful primal, chilling fear when this happens. Yes, boxes, umbrellas work only to protect oneself, and neighbor guys throw invisible stones as well. On year a neighbor shook the hedge so the nest fell out – the next year they roosted somewhere else. Lets see how long it lasts this year…

Pixie Girl
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Pixie Girl

PS May need to hire Bob.

Skipspence
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Skipspence

If a crow is dive-bombing you or your family on YOUR property, I highly doubt it is a protective species.

Mary
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Mary

Well, they are protected, but Skipspence is right: RCW 77.36.030 Trapping or killing wildlife threatening human safety or causing property damage — Limitations and conditions — Rules. (1) Subject to limitations and conditions established by the commission, the owner, the owner’s immediate family member, the owner’s documented employee, or a tenant of real property may trap, consistent with RCW 77.15.194, or kill wildlife that is threatening human safety or causing property damage on that property, without the licenses required under RCW 77.32.010 or authorization from the director under RCW 77.12.240. (2) The commission shall establish the limitations and conditions of this section by rule. The rules must include: (a) Appropriate protection for threatened or endangered species; (b) Instances when verbal or written permission is required to kill wildlife; (c) Species that may be killed under this section; and (d) Requirements for the disposal of wildlife trapped or killed under this section. (3) In establishing the limitations and conditions of this section, the commission shall take into consideration the recommendations of the Washington state wolf conservation and management plan. [2009 c 333 § 61; 1996 c 54 § 4.] Notes: Effective date — Application — 2009 c 333 §§ 53-66: See… Read more »

Seattleslew
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Seattleslew

Skipspence and Bob both need to get a little more educated. First of all, yes, they are protected (not “protective species” as Skipspence notes, though actually they are being protective of their nests and babies). Not in the sense of being an endangered species. But all native bird species are protected by migratory bird acts and the like, simply because they need to be protected from random acts of wanton shooting by people such as Bob. And nest collectors and egg collectors and people who shake nests out of trees, like Pixie Girl’s neighbor. Yeah, yeah, someone’s going to cleverly pipe up and say “well I am protecting my children/my car/my head” etc. Well, OK, but guess what. You are a human and you can withstand a few days or a week or two going out with an umbrella or waving a stick above your head. The crow, though intelligent, is still acting largely on instinct to protect its nestlings from predators. I have had a crow like this in my yard every spring. It goes on for a scant two weeks. It gives us a funny story to tell later. We all survive. BIG DEAL. Roll with the punches… Read more »

Sunset Hill David
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Sunset Hill David

I do believe Bob has confessed to a crime!

gracie
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gracie

+1 Seattleslew. And it is still against the law to discharge a firearm in the City of Seattle.
And I hardly see a crow divebombing you to protect babaies is a threat to your life..an annoyance maybe. But they don’t land on you and peck out your eyes for crying outloud.
And SunsetHill – yep, Bob has confessed to a crime.

Jimmy Rustler
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Jimmy Rustler

Why did you have to kill him, Bob? Are you a wildling??
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Chickster
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Chickster

I’m with Bob. I had one that was just horrible. It was terrorizing my cat really really badly, pecking it on the head, drawing blood and a vet trip. It later attacked me, so it saw the pellet gun.

David
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David

I’m with Bob too. Honestly, there is no shortage of crows in Seattle. They are like rats with wings. A few less of them is really no big deal.

ballardMike
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ballardMike

Be nice to crows and they will be nice to you… rule of thumb for most things.

BalGal
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BalGal

Another nod to Bob. We had a crow after a nest of baby birds on our property a few years ago and killed it with one shot from a BB gun. I admit it was a bit disturbing but less so than watching it fly off with a chick in its mouth (saw that once, it was horrible)

ballardMike
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ballardMike

@ Bob… shooting one of your kids dead is a pretty bold move to scare the crows!

jezbian
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jezbian

i look forward to the day when i can shoot some crow-killer’s animal that dares to infringe on my cats’ territory.

BillParksIsRuiningBallard
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BillParksIsRuiningBallard

I was attacked by one on 1st and

Bill_Parks_Is_Bad_4_Ballard
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Bill_Parks_Is_Bad_4_Ballard

I was attacked by one on 1st and Pine last week. No blood was drawn and I did not shoot him but it did scare the heck out of me!

Phoebe
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Phoebe

“i look forward to the day when i can shoot some crow-killer’s animal that dares to infringe on my cats’ territory.”

I look forward to the day when I can shoot stray cats on my property that tear up my garden and use it for a toilet. Honestly, every time I see a “missing cat” post on this site, I get a little happy that maybe there is one less free-roaming, bird-killing, rat-like creature in my neighborhood.
Also, when I see those “missing cat” posts, I’m tempted to call animal control. Let them round up these ‘outdoor’ pets and euthanize them for the good of our society.

ballardMike
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ballardMike

@Phoebe… Harsh. Want to do that for the homeless problem too?