They’re out there now. Full of attitude and completely gormless — you’ll see them staggering around a neighbourhood near you soon.
No, not zombies — baby crows.
I’ve seen several fledgling crows on our dog walks lately. A lot of them have been taking shelter at the edge of roads, sometimes wedged between parked cars and the curb.
So, PLEASE CHECK AROUND YOUR CAR before you drive off — just in case there’s a sleepy little baby crow nestled against your wheels.
If you do find one (even though it’s best not interfere with baby crows in general) you can quickly move it to a safer spot close by (within 20 feet) — a bush, or long grass.
See Corvid Research’s informative blog post: 5 Reasons To Leave Baby Crows Alone.
In case you have questions as to whether you’re looking at a baby crow or an adult crow, below is a little “cheat sheet” I put together for a blog post a few years ago.
It includes my annual plea for understanding for the dive-bombing crow parents. Don’t take their aggressive behaviour personally.
Just imagine you’d just given birth to three or four kids at once and they were all instantly teenagers who think they know everything. I expect you’d be behaving a little erratically too …
So, have fun watching out for the new neighbourhood babies.
And — do remember to check around your car for someone like this before you drive off.