Cortland County’s ongoing efforts to roust the annual crow roost that settles in around the county courthouse is starting to have an impact, the crows are relocating to other parts of the city.
That’s the word from Cortland County’s resident crow chaser Assistant buildings and grounds director Chuck Miller.
Last year the county began installing grape seed oil misters around the courthouse in an attempt to drive the crows out. Crows apparently have an aversion to the sweet oil. Earlier this year the county spent another $14 thousand dollars to supplement the effort.
Miller says it’s starting to have an impact.
The county has spent thousands of dollars on crow deterrent measures over the last five years, including hand held pyrotechnics and lasers and a system of audible bird and predator noise that emit from speakers mounted on the courthouse.
Last year the county buildings and grounds crews had to clean sidewalks and stairs at the courthouse almost daily due to the excessive amounts of crow feces that were deposited there. Those crews removed over a thousand pounds of crow feces from the courthouse roof alone. The county spent $23 hundred dollars to repair water leaks that were caused by dead birds that clogged roof drains on the building.
While the news that the roost is relocating is good for the county, it’s bad for other portions of the city; reports indicate that the crows have relocated to areas along Tompkins Street.
The city has formed a committee to address the issue and is urging residents to use more low-tech methods such as banging pots and pans together to keep pushing the birds out.