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Old 05-30-2019, 11:28 AM
 
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So just yesterday, I read this story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/scienc...=.3c897c322b46

And for years, I have watched these aggressive birds around Raleigh, NC go crazy on dogs, cats and other birds, but have never had one pay any attention to me. That changed this morning. I was standing outside talking on my phone when this bird - probably a mockingbird, started to dive bomb me. I wasn't really paying any attention to it, but then it flew by within about a inch of my ear - and on the next pass - it hit the back of my head. It didn't hurt but, wow I guess I must have unknowingly been standing very close to the nest. I was surrounded by hedges and trees so it could have been anywhere.

Anyone else had this happen?
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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Yes. I had that happen - I was walking under it's nest (which was on the corner of a building). It was quite shocking.
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:29 PM
 
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I've been dive bombed several times but never actual contact.

I bare the shame of being bite by a chipmunk though.
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:34 PM
 
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Couldn't count how many times. Used to check nests of many different species for eggs and nestlings as part of my job. The worst was a peregrine falcon known locally by those of us in the profession as "The B*&$#". She not only hit you and left you bleeding, but tried to knock you off her 2-story tall nest platform. I've also been vomited and pooped on. By fish eaters like herons and cormorants. Take a wild guess which is preferable.

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Old 05-30-2019, 03:02 PM
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One almost ran into me when I was walking about a year ago. It was a weird experience and I didn't know what was happening at the moment.
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:03 PM
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I've been dive bombed several times but never actual contact.

I bare the shame of being bite by a chipmunk though.
Wow, that is unusual. I guess they can be pretty feisty? They're adorable though.
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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mockingbirds, especially, are known for this during nesting.
geese usually attack from the ground.
owls have hit runners on trails in our area.
https://www.13newsnow.com/article/ne.../291-592372614
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:44 PM
 
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Yes, in Japan. I was walking home under some fir trees when I heard a noise and looked up. I saw some big black ravens in a nest and made eye contact. They dive bombed me and actually touched my head, but there was no injury. I was carrying an umbrella and opened it up, so they stopped. I learned not to look at their nest again.
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:25 PM
 
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Yes, blue jay attack.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:09 PM
 
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Several times, by mockingbirds. When we lived in Florida, the trees lining our street all seemed to contain mockingbird nests during the egg-laying season. Those birds were mean! Our dog would freak out and refuse to stay on the sidewalk, so we walked in the street.
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