Scots villagers plagued by bird mess and car attacks by murder of crows

Residents in Thornhill say that they have been left ducking for cover by unwelcome guests
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Residents in Thornhill have been left ducking for cover from a murder of crows nesting nearby.

Villagers say their properties have become coated in bird droppings and the feisty crows have even been committing early morning attacks on vehicles.

Those living in Thornhill say that their properties have been left covered in the disgusting mess and some cars parked there have been damaged by aggressive pecking.

One resident took to social media to detail the plight, posting: “Is anyone else being covered in crow poo? Sat out for a quarter of an hour. Had to remove bird poo from table (did it yesterday also). Enjoying a cuppa and doing crossword only to be hit with a splatter of poo on the table which managed to get into my cup and some on myself too.

“There must be others who are suffering same…..windows, walls, decking….you name it, it gets hit.”

Another added: “They have woken us often in the mornings, pecking at the wing mirrors of our cars, causing scratches and mess.”

A third poster commented: ”We were having a nightmare with them too a couple of years ago! They pulled wiper blades off the cars and would peck the house windows early in the morning, pretty scary way to be woken up!”

Another fed up resident added: “I have been bothered with the poo. All over my car, summer bench and driveway. You go out and clean it and next day its the same. I am near the park/field also people are feeding the birds all year round.”

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The issue of the bothersome birds was raised at this week’s monthly meeting of Thornhill and Blairdrummond Community Council.

Trossachs and Teith ward councillor Gene Maxwell was in attendance at the meeting and he has now taken the issue up with Environmental Health for advice on tackling the problem.

Crows, along with other wild birds, have a degree of legal protection but that under certain circumstances control measures can be licensed if required.

The residents’ predicament is not uncommon for the Stirling area. In July 2018, we told how residents in a Braehead street were under attack from crows.

Those living in Maurice Avenue were being tormented by the birds launching early-morning attacks on their cars and they were calling for overgrown trees in the street to be lopped in a bid to ease the problem of nesting birds. Car owners had windscreen wiper blades pecked off, windows left covered in scratches and saliva and rubber seals around windows and wing mirrors disturbed by the winged vandals. Householders trying to get a good night’s sleep said they were woken by the birds squawking loudly as early as 4am most mornings. Motorists have resorted to buying large covers to put over their vehicles at night to stop the troublesome birds causing further damage.

In June 2022, we also told how a woman was left bloodied after being attacked by crows near a primary school.

In a scene reminiscent of the classic Alfred Hitchcock 1963 horror film, The Birds, villagers in Menstrie were warned to have their wits about them when walking near the primary school following an early-morning attack.

Caroline Spruce had been dropping her children, Callum and Olivia, off at school shortly before 9am. After leaving the children, she then started to walk the family dog, one-year-old pug Oswald, along Menstrie Place – between the school and Menstrie Bowling Club – when the combative crows swooped.

She said: “The crows attacked me and my pug but they didn’t actually hurt us, they just swooped down screeching. What a fright I got.

“I walked back up the path and this poor woman was holding her head, blood all over her hand. The crow had swooped down but made contact and hurt her.”

It’s understood that the crows had been nesting in a large tree on the street.

Have you witnessed ongoing problems with aggressive birds where you live? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Contact us by emailing Chris.Marzella@reachplc.com