For four hours today, and four hours tomorrow, some local residents may be hearing some loud strange noises and seeing flashing lights similar to fireworks.  No it's not aliens, it's the USDA Wildlife Services getting rid of a local, pesky problem.

According to the Times Union, the city of Albany has requested special help dispersing crows; a continuing problem in the area surrounding North Main Avenue and the State Office Campus.

The work will will occur from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in this area.

As someone who once lived in a heavily populated crow nesting area in Albany, man I can tell you these birds are pesky.  They gather in large masses (called 'murders'), make really loud noises, and when your car is in their path, expect crow poop the size of meatballs.  I've had to go through car washes multiple times to remove it.  First world problem, I know...but still.  Not my favorite creature, to say the least.

According to the TU story, 'wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers and recorded crow distress sounds.'


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