Crow removal from chimney in Westport, CT. This Crow got in through the chimney and came out into the home space and was flying around the family room and then tried to go back up inside the chimney and became stuck. The homeowner thought he would be able to get unstuck and come back down so that he could shoo it out a door or window. Finally the homeowner knew he had to call a professional, he called his local animal control who referred him to us. We promptly arrived and were able to free the crow and remove him from the home.
American crows belong to the family corvidae, which includes jays, ravens, nutcrackers and magpies. Crows are very intelligent animals and, if trained, can learn to mimic the human voice and use simple tools to manipulate objects. They have acute senses of sight and hearing and very good memories. They are also fascinated with and will collect shiny objects such as keys, rings and foil. Crows prey on young birds and eggs during the spring mating season. They can be very aggressive to other birds and mammals. Crows can sometimes be seen “mobbing” or harassing hawks and owls.
Crows are extremely gregarious birds, flocking together in family units in the summer and congregating in massive (often thousands of birds) roosting units in the fall and winter. Apparently, this group unity imposes demands of regimentation, as ill, injured and old crows are driven from the flock and often killed. Perhaps, because crows function as a group and the safety of the group depends in large measure upon unity and conformity within the group, it becomes important that all function together. Flocks of crows often roost together during the night and then separate to feed during the day. Some birds will visit the same areas each day to feed while others have no apparent routine. Crows often post sentinels while they feed to alert each other to impending dangers.
American crows are partially migratory. In many colder areas of the country, crows will migrate south seasonally. In Connecticut, most crows will remain throughout the winter. There are a variety of problems associated with crow roosts, primarily when they are in close proximity to people. Commonly, crow roosts are found in stands of mature trees and can be located near homes, buildings, walkways and parking lots. Fecal droppings can accumulate under a crow roost, presenting a health hazard and nuisance by covering cars, walkways and other objects. Another concern is the loud noise associated with thousands of crows