|Leonard Chapko and Bernice Sokol in front of the tree from which crows dive to attack passers-by on Ralph Avenue West in Winnipeg. (Ross Romaniuk/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds, but crazed, dive-bombing crows will.
Mail delivery has returned to a Transcona street after a family of angry crows appears to have taken its aggressive act elsewhere.
After a stoppage in door-to-door drop-offs on a section of Ralph Avenue West in the Winnipeg suburb for at least a couple of days last week because of danger posed by the protective birds, Canada Post resumed deliveries this week using, temporarily, two staffers -- one to work the route, the other to keep watch for aerial attacks.
However, Canada Post spokesman Eugene Knapik said Wednesday that the crows have been far less visible and violent in the past few days -- good news for the route's mail carrier, and for homeowners near a tree where the birds had made a nest and guarded it ferociously.
"We haven't been experiencing that this week. We've been able to deliver and that's our goal," Knapik said from Toronto. "We're hoping that the aggression from the birds is done with."
Residents who say they had been targeted -- along with their pets -- by the crows for about three weeks, meanwhile, are also breathing easier. Some said on Wednesday that the cawing creatures appear to have moved in recent days, for the most part, to other nearby streets.
"We don't have the continued cawing and dive-bombing around here. It's nice and quiet now. All the people around here are trying to figure out what's done all this," Gordon Sokol said, adding that the street's residents might not be completely out of the woods.
"We had heard them on our street continuously. Now, we can go for hours and not hear anything -- and then all of a sudden see a couple of them flying around."