Wrote McGowan: "I have now heard about this kind of crow vandalism from nearly a dozen people in a dozen different parts of the country, and am stumped as to how to explain it."
Am I the only one concerned by semi-organized avian vandalism? Have enough years passed for the Hitchcock classic to have been forgotten?
McGowan explains the wiper-swiping to be the "sort of thing young crows might like to fiddle with: pliant yet resistant; soft enough to dismantle, but tough enough to give a bit of a challenge."
He explained that juvenile crows enjoy playing with things regardless of whether they're edible, and are happy to share their skills -- in this case, wiper blade removal techniques -- to other young crows so they, too, can have such a toy.
To combat blade-swiping crows, McGowan suggests "harassment is probably the best policy. Chase those crows any time you see them around your cars. They will probably keep coming back, and they will probably learn to hate you on sight. Still, it might keep them off."
Having a fairly large bird hate you is not a great option because it would likely lead to daily car washings to remove large deposits of vindictive bird graffiti. Especially considering that the oldest known crow lived 29 years. A car cover would likely be a better solution. If not, the bad bird behavior is likely to continue, and that could be aggravating enough to drive a person to drink.
But maybe that's what crow bars are for.
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