Birds leave nasty mess on Penn. town



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CALIFORNIA, Penn. -- Residents of California, Pennsylvania are frustrated by thousands of crows that have invaded their neighborhoods, leaving behind a nasty mess every night.

People who live in the area where the birds roost say they arrive at dusk and stay until sunrise.

"At 7 in the morning, it's louder than my alarm," said Jess Priest.

"It's really bad. It keeps us up at night. They go to the bathroom everywhere. Our cars get destroyed," said Jen Sasko.

California University of Pennsylvania used laser lights to get rid of the crows when they began roosting on campus.

That's when they fled to the American Legion on Second Street.

One woman who lives in the area said she made a scarecrow in hopes of ridding her home of the problem.

"One day I was so mad I said I was going to build a scarecrow. I didn't know if they actually worked. I put it in the tree and it didn't," Bree Robinson said.

Experts say crows roost in cities to be warmer in the winter.

Dave Bondy
    NBC News

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