​How to handle crows dive-bombing
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​Crows are dive-bombing me, help!

When young crows are learning how to fly, they may spend up to a week on the ground building up their flight muscles. The parents will watch from close by and try to protect their young – sometimes dive-bombing people who get too close. Unless the young crow is hurt or in a dangerous place, you can leave the crow alone.

If you watch and listen, you’ll hear the young crows begging for food and see the parents come down to care for them.

Avoid walking near the fledgling crow, keep pets on a leash and warn others in the area. If you have to pass through, carry an open umbrella as an extra barrier. Don’t worry – the parents will leave you alone as soon the young crow can fly away with them.

Read more about why crows attack and what you can do to protect yourself.

Crow standing on car
Photo credit: Colleen Wilson