A massive tree toppled over on Sunday in the village of Helperzoom, killing at least 87 crows that were nesting there, the Groninger Internet Courant reports.
The fall was caused by the high winds that have been battering the Netherlands for the past several days. Groningen’s animal ambulance responded to a call from a member of the public, who had witnessed the incident, and began rescuing the birds that survived the fall. Lightly injured crows were taken to a shelter home.
Large trees in Groningen and surrounding towns are well-known for housing crows, rooks and ravens during nesting season, which usually begins in February.