In yesterday's webinar Paul was asked how to deal with excessive crow populations. He didn't know and I don't have a clue. I love watching crows though They are goofy, seem to love to just play, are very intelligent, use tools and so on. I remember sitting atop Cedar Mesa near Mexican Hat, Utah and spent a half-hour watching a pair of them riding the updrafts, doing loopdeloops and barrel rolls and just having a grand time. Maybe it was a mating thing but they looked to be just having fun.
Maybe this crow had an itchy back, or just thought sliding down the windshield was fun:
Clever, clever birds:
There's footage of a crow and kitten playing together in here:
I think there was a PBS doc about crows where they showed that crows have a very good memory. Some researchers captured crows and kinda pissed them off for a minute and then let them go again. It seemed that the captured crow as well as the ones that witnessed the "ruffling" became very cautious of people- specifically people who resembled the researchers.
Perhaps there's a way to teach them that bothering your stuff is a bad idea, without having to hurt the crow.