Chubu Electric Power Co. has adopted a unique method to deter crows from nesting on transmission towers and causing blackouts by building artificial bird nests far from the power lines.

Until recently, the company tried chasing the birds away from the towers with little success. Instead, the company found that providing "love nests" for mating crows is more effective in ensuring that the electricity flows without interruption.

"It looks like the baby has fledged and left the nest safely," Takahiro Sugiura said as he viewed a transmission tower with binoculars.