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Crows dive-bomb baby ducks (and people!) in Green Lake

What do you think? (11 Comments) June 7, 2010 at 4:33PM

My Green Lake reader Karen asks:

Have you seen any ducklings recently at Green Lake?

Recently crows have been stalking the baby ducks and picking them off one by one!

And, this report from Kim:

I came home today (59th and Corliss) after being away for two days and got dive-bombed multiple times by crows.  When I ran back to my car, my boyfriend noticed they were swooping the car.  I drove off and didnt come back until dark.  I guess there is a nest in front of my house.

So scary! Just wondering if anyone else has reported this lately or knows of anything to do/ways to protect yourself.

Green Lake is not the only neighborhood suffering from aggressive crows.  A May 27, 2010 My Ballard post on the topic generated more than 50 comments, including helpful advice about crow attacks.

On May 31, 2010, The Seattle Times picked up the story and warned Seattlites to be wary of crows from late May to mid-June:

This is fledge season, when crows help their babies learn to fly. As the little ones stumble from the nest to branches and the ground below, their avian parents can get incredibly protective. If they believe a threat is near, they may attack — passers-by, dogs and anything that normally wouldn’t make them flinch could become potential targets.

Be careful out there, Green Lake!

Update, Tuesday June 8: Many thanks to My Green Lake tipsters Jo and Kate for drawing our attention to a very helpful “crow aggression primer,” available at thetanglednest.com.  The primer is authored by West Seattle resident Lyanda Lynn Haupt, former raptor rehabilitator, seabird researcher, and author of Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness.

Deadwood Crow
Creative Commons License photo credit: sєαttlєчє

11 Responses to “Crows dive-bomb baby ducks (and people!) in Green Lake”

  1. My BF works near the sculpture park and he's been stalked by crows all week, cawing and bombing every day. We have a colony in our backyard and they've even taken to bombing our fraidy-cat but irritated pit bull. They're pretty aggressive right now.

  2. Penguinschu says:

    Nice Photo!

  3. Kate says:

    Great post on this very topic today from The Tangled Nest!
    http://thetanglednest.com/2010/06/crow-divebomb

  4. mygreenlake says:

    Many thanks, Kate! Great link. I've added it to the post. :)

  5. JennyDB says:

    Crows aren't so bad. They're just part of the circle of life, right! And as a volunteer at Sarvey Wildlife I can tell you i've been bit by many a crow. While it may be a little unnerving, it is not “painful” (really) and they can't really do too much damage.

  6. JennyDB says:

    Crows aren't so bad. They're just part of the circle of life, right! And as a volunteer at Sarvey Wildlife I can tell you i've been bit by many a crow. While it may be a little unnerving, it is not “painful” (really) and they can't really do too much damage.