02 February 2008

tippi, i'm scared! (unsettling urban phenomenon)

there are dozens and dozens of crows outside the windows of the maison21 atelier this morning, making a god awful racket. they are agitated and obviously quite angry about something. maison21 has seen "the birds", thank you, and he and mona are not going outside anytime soon...
maison21 grew up in southern california, and the mornings used to be quite peaceful- the cooing of mourning doves and the songs of robins were the sounds one awoke to, not the raucous cawing of an army of angry crows. i haven't seen a mourning dove or a robin in years. we don't even seem to have pigeons (another urban blight) around anymore- the crows seem to have driven them away, too. we do have a big flock of brilliant green wild parrots in the 'hood, that seem to holding their own (they are just as loud as the crows, btw), and luckily, the adorable lil hummingbirds are still abundant. maybe they don't compete with the crows for food, so are left alone. maison21 wishes he was a hummingbird right now, so he could leave the house unnoticed by the vicious gang of crows waiting to attack him the moment he sets foot outside...

is this crow monopoly restricted to maison21's urban los angeles neighborhood? or are they taking over everywhere in north america? tell me, tippi, is m21 just paranoid? or is maison21 scared with good cause?

ps- to the city of los angeles and the local utility companies, to whom maison21 writes large checks every month: it's 2008, already! can we please get rid of the urban blight of unsightly poles and wires strung everywhere? it's so last century...

8 comments:

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Love the title!
We have quite a few around here - but our wood pigeons seem to be able to hold their own.
Did you know a group of crows is called a murder? How Hitchcockian is that?

Smitty said...

Oh my goodness... I just experienced the same thing the other day! I was walking my nephew through the area of Southern California where we live and there were hordes of crows EVERYWHERE! I was thinking of the birds too...and was trying to figure out what to do if they attacked! (When I was about 10 years old, I was with a friend when she was attacked by a crow ...it just swooped in and started pecking her on the head! Fortunately, I was spared) So be afraid, be very afraid!

maison21 said...

hobac-

i swear these crows watched "the birds" and realized their power- thanks mr. hitchcock! and yes, i think i knew somewhere in the back of my brain that it was called a "murder of crows" but wasn't going to use that phrase lest i gave them even more ideas! it was a bit weird, i have to tell you.

luckily, they moved on about an hour after i took those pics.

smitty-

thanks for confirming my darkest fears! everytime i leave the fornt door now, i'm going to have to check the sky!

i AM afraid, VERY afraid...

katiedid said...

We had a run in with the crows a couple of months ago up here in NoCal. I heard this horrible sound outside our house and there were hundreds (perhaps thousands!)of them in the trees outside out house. My daughter was too scared to go outside. I was sort of fascinated. They were gone by the next day...heading your way for the winter no doubt!

Be the change..... said...

I live on the other side of the country but my neighborhood has another plight - PIDGEONS!!! They're not scared of anyone and attack you if they think you have food - it's so disgusting, they're basically rats with wings and so dirty - 1,000s and 1,000s of them!!!

maison21 said...

katie- i have to admit, i was actually rather fascinated myself. i went out to take the photos, but i was scared enough not to let my doggie outside with me. i've seen lots of crows in the 'hood, but never this many- however, if i had seen thousands like you did, i would have DEFINITELY stayed inside with mona- that many is waaaayyyy too scary...

be the change- i would have been more scared if there were that many pigeons- crows are fascinating because they are so smart, but you are right- pigeons are just vermin, and thus scarier, from a hygiene point of view!

The Peak of Chic said...

Oh lord- that's awful. I detest crows, and a horde of them- it's too much! Just remember what happened to poor Suzanne Pleshette in the movie.

Alkemie said...

I lived in Tokyo for a while and they have a law that prohibits any killing of crows therefore creating a huge crow problem there. They grow so big that they are scary, I've actually seen a crow there attack a poor woman for food.