Crows leave Clifton Springs for parts unknown

When it came to dispersing thousands of crows in the village, operation shock and caw quickly turned to came and went.

Four days' worth of pyrotechnics, spotlights, lasers and amplified recordings of crow distress signals were planned last week to disperse a massive winter roost of crows, estimated at 5,000 to 10,000 birds.

But it appears the first night of the effort last Tuesday and a shorter follow-up the next day were all it took for the village and wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see the visitors take wing – hopefully, they said, for good.

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