It’s that time of year – the crows are attacking

While we haven’t heard of this happening in Ballard (yet), it is “fledge season” for crows and one Queen Anne resident says she was attacked by a pair of the birds. “Fledge season” generally starts in mid-May and runs through mid-June when crows teach their babies to fly. They are on edge, on high-alert and ready to attack anything they might see as a threat.

QueenAnneView reader Marina Frykholm sent this email to the editor:

I was running last night on 7th Ave W, and just north of Garfield Street I had two crows attack my head about 10X for two blocks. I was running down the street away from them and yelling and waving my arms. I assume they have a nest in someone’s yard and are protecting their young, but they were VERY aggressive and could definitely knock an elderly person or child off balance.

“They’ve invested a lot in their young and literally have helped them survive natural hazards and storms,” professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington John Marzluff, who in 2005 co-authored a book called “In the Company of Crows and Ravens,” told The Seattle Times in a story last year. Read the full story for more information on how to avoid crow attacks during fledge season, or what to do if you are attacked.

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11 thoughts to “It’s that time of year – the crows are attacking”

  1. This happened to me last week (in Ballard OMG) and I would hardly call it an “attack”.

    The crow flapped its wings at my head a couple times and then sat on the eaves of a building and yelled at me until I was a block or so away. I’m bald so if they wanted to draw blood it would have been easy.

    Just my opinion, but I’d save the word “attack” to describe what a bear or or a shark would do to you…..

  2. They are definitely following suit in Ballard.  I watched a poor woman being divebombed by crows this morning next to the old Sunset Bowl parking lot as I was driving to work.

  3. I was divebombed by a crow in ballard a couple of weeks ago but nothing since then. I can’t imagine that crows divebombing habits were differ very much between neighborhoods

  4. If you take a bit of time and get to know your local crows, you won’t get divebombed. I have two pairs that nested around my house for a total of 3 fledglings.  I never get mobbed. Every time I leave the house, if the crows are around, I say hi and cluck to them and they cluck back – and now the babies cluck back too!  I wave and head out on my way. Coming home, they sometimes spot me a block or more away, and will fly out to meet me, clucking all the way. What a treat!  I know a neighbor gives them treats, but I just talk to them. I can’t wait to see this year’s crop of youngsters grow up – last year a raccoon got the eggs of both nests.

    It sure is noisy around here, with all the feeding going on. Such demands from the younguns! I love how their cawing gets stopped mid-caw when the parents cram food in their mouths. Ha!  The babies around here seem to be a week or even two ahead of crows in other parts of the city.  

  5. “If you take a bit of time and get to know your local crows”

    Sure, if you’ve got time to waste. Otherwise a 22 gauge air-rifle is a great way to get up close and personal with the noisy buggers.

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