Do Scarecrows work?
During my many years living on the commune, i have never seen a scarecrow, until last week.
So I asked recently while I was hanging out at Acorn about the efficacy of scarecrows. What I did not know was that crows are some of the smartest birds out there, and while scarecrows quite likely will not be fooled by it, other problematic birds quite likely will be.
According to Cracked Magazine (is this a reliable source?) crows have been found to make crude knives from leaves and grass and then use those knives to fashion other tools. National Geographic goes on to discuss crows using vehicles and traffic lights to break nuts and retrieve them safely.
Scarecrows are not scared of a scarecrow as the name leads us to believe, but they are still potentially useful for the much larger number of birds, who are not as smart as crows.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]