Locals dug under their umbrellas, through a wooden line in Rome on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Others pulled the jacket over their heads in fear. Some people take wooden sticks for protection.
The crows are out, the war is on.
Two black carrion crows jumped over the unprotected head of a passing woman. They rubbed his gray hair on their thorns and hung his shirt by their springs. He dragged them along with a shopping bag containing frozen pizza, which he managed.
“They’re everywhere,” said 66-year-old retired Paula Amble, fixing her hair. “You have to know how to protect yourself.”
Every spring, since most of the streets avoid newborns, some of the roads become terror zones where birds protect their chicks and treat most passersby. People are in danger.
The Romans were already fighting plundering sea bulls, and every year when bird droppings sank, a million stars stopped in the city for the annual migration from northern Europe. The annual attack of crows is an ornithological headache that can be done without them.
“We hear people shouting from our office,” Martina Mazari, an accountant who was attacked this week from under a green umbrella.
“My mom isn’t going to see me anymore,” said Elizabeth Giannupillo, a lawyer, before she picked up a wooden stick and ran towards her car.
“I couldn’t go to school at the main gate because I was too scared,” said 18-year-old Flavia Tomasini. “Get the gun,” cried Auntie from the living room.
Locals, who live in one of the most feared nests in a residential area known as the EUR, said they were asking officials to cut down trees to stop the birds from migrating.
As people begin to re-emerge from a year of being locked in their homes, the issue is garnering media attention.
Read the headline in the Italian Republican newspaper, “Alarm in Rome.” “The dream of passing is back,” news website Romatode warned. “Crazy crows attack passersby,” said the Lego newspaper. The report states that the author of the article was attacked by two crows while reporting the story.
In recent weeks, bird conservation groups have been angered by the wounded Romans, saying that “no one cares about the people” even though they expended more energy protecting the birds.
Defenders say people need to rest and reevaluate their own behavior.
He said that many crows chose Rome because there was so much litter and rats they could eat. And those who choose to feed the birds further compound the problem.
Like other birds, crows do not live in nests like people live in houses. Rather, they are built primarily in places for breeding.
The crows guard the moon too much or they have a nest of new chicks. It takes up to 30-40 days for the players to leave the nest, during which time crows are known to be more aggressive.
Francesca Mania, who runs the Italian League for Bird Conservation Rescue Center in Rome, said crows are generally braver and attack animals larger than them.
“Even if there were hawks, eagles, even elephants,” he said.
He said a few simple human changes can help create greater harmony among species.
People were advised not to carry black bags or wear black hats as crows might think that their brothers were taken away or harmed. He said that black umbrella is also a bad idea.
However, the number of crows attacking people is made up of only a fraction of the population and “not lions” – attacks are usually in the form of “scratches”.
However, Maria Daniela Licio described seeing a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film “The Birds”.
Licio helps an elderly woman who was attacked while going to church for her rosary session in the vicinity of Rome’s Dorbinatara.
Both the crows bowed down and attacked without warning.
“He had blood on his head,” said 44-year-old Licio. “His shirt was getting wet.”
The old woman now takes a long detour to the church, away from the crows and their chicks.