Tap tap tap… hello! Anyone there?

This is not usual behavior and it’s freaking people out a bit. I think it’s neat!

BBC News – ‘Scary’ crow annoying residents in Allestree, Derby.

A “scary” crow which has begun pecking at the windows of homes in a Derby street is causing Hitchcock-style worries for residents.

People living on Portreath Drive, in Allestree, say they first noticed the “dishevelled-looking” bird in May.

Since then, the bird’s antics have woken some residents at 04:30 BST and left marks on UPVC windows.

The article notes that there could be normal explanations for the crow’s behavior: It could be protective of its young, or it could be seeing its reflection as another bird and attacking it.

Crows are intelligent birds. I find this fascinating and wish a crow was tapping on my window! However, it is slightly creepy to the residents who have been advised to cover their windows on the outside.

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  3 comments for “Tap tap tap… hello! Anyone there?

  1. RDW
    July 10, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    I once had a crow say ” Hello ” to me. It was in the local zoo here and he was in a large cage. Of course, I’d said ” Hello ” to him (or her) about fifty times. It probably got sick of it and just decided to humor me. But still, I was very impressed. If a crow came tapping at my parlor door, I’d try to start a relationship of some sort with it. It probably would have liked to have some food and a source of water.

  2. Brian
    July 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    “People living on Portreath Drive, in Allestree, say they first noticed the “dishevelled-looking” bird in May”

    A bird that looks like that, is probably ill, and is seeking help of some sort. See also the numerous animals who have come to humans for help- like the fox with its head stuck in a jar.

    ‘scary’. The world is getting so fearful… -_-

  3. Bearman
    July 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This is such normal behavior why would it arouse fear? It could be a bit dicey for the crows in some places. Now that Florida has enacted such a broad Stand Your Ground law for self-defense this is a behavior that might disappear in one or two crow generations.

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