crows springfield ohio

In this Jan. 20, 2010, photo, crows flock to the roof and surrounding trees at the Clark County Public Library at dusk in downtown Springfield, Ohio.
in the western Ohio city’s downtown is causing concern about damage to buildings and potential health hazards from the birds’ waste. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Sun, Barbara J. Perenic)

Crows Overtake Ohio City

The city of Springfield, OH is being overrun by a ghastly amount of crows. It’s been estimated that as many as 50,000 crows gather in the downtown area after foraging for food by day in fields neighboring the city. It has been compared to the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller film, The Birds. However, these crows do not seem to be hostile and aggressive.

Roger Sherrock, CEO of the Clark County Historical Society is quoted as saying, “Their overwhelming presence on trees and buildings causes concern over damage and potential health hazards from droppings.” Sherrock adds, “It can be unnerving to walk outside and see thousands of crows on trees, buildings and everywhere, especially if you’re familiar with Hitchcock’s movie.”

The crows appear to be roosting in Springfield, which is 80 miles northeast of Cincinnati, on the grounds that warm, high temperatures from urban communities provide more warmth than provincial ranges in the winter months. “The lack of predators in urban areas may also play a role,” said Jim McCormac, aeronautics training master with the state’s Division of Wildlife.

Crows assemble in extensive common perches somewhere around 200 and tens of thousands amid non-reproducing months, especially in the winter. These social affairs have a tendency to happen close to vast food sources, for example, refuse dumps and malls.

Downtown organizations have used a large amount of money to remove bird droppings, which damage surfaces and spread germs and bacteria. Maureen Fagans, executive director of the Center City Association said, “The last two years were just awful. People had to cancel events because they didn’t want patrons to walk through dirty walkways and it really escalated.” Shop and business owners have also been using noise machines that mimic sounds of distress or predatory animals in hopes of driving the crows away.