People in Hermosa Beach report an unusual problem in a popular park, they are being attacked by crows.
The birds have made their home in the trees of Noble Park and are highly territorial, chasing people and their dogs.
“They just come out of the trees and bomb you and try to get you out of the park,” said Dan Cohen, who was recently attacked by the crows.
Although the birds did not seriously hurt anyone, a nearby hotel has hired a professional falconer twice a week to chase the crows away with a trained hawk.
Bob Shanman, a wild bird expert, said crows are intelligent.
“Crows get facial recognition,” Shanman said. “They know how to make tools to get food. They are omnivores, they eat everything.”
He also said that crows give birth in May and June, making them better protected at this time of year.
A flock of crows is called a crow kill. Ancient superstitions associated the birds with death and darkness.
But experts say crows are usually harmless.
Experts advise people to keep their small dogs close and on a lead.
They also recommend wearing a hat in Noble Park and avoiding the park in the early mornings when the crows are feeding.