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Lone Rider

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Black Bird Alert!
« on: June 25, 2012, 01:16:28 PM »
I expect dogs to attack when I am bike ridding; but now its birds. Red winged blackbirds have swooped on me on the county roads. Most recently it was on Wallen Road west of Lima Rd. These are not just fly-bys; it banged on my helmet and then hovered a few feed above and squawked. This is another reason to wear a helmet. The Red Winged blackbird is known to get very cranky when you enter his territory and he has eggs in the nest.

The attack is not dangerous unless it startles the rider and causes loss of control. That is why I put out this alert.
I was wondering if anyone else has had the experience; or do they just have a contract on me.

HughDog

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Re: Black Bird Alert!
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 06:15:31 PM »
I had a similar encounter several years ago north of Churubusco.  The bird came down and pecked at my helmet and flapped around my head.  My helmet is the old US Postal design and I figured it was just another Lance hater.

mheyes

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Re: Black Bird Alert!
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 12:15:33 AM »
I got a pretty good warning from one today. I heard it yell at me, but didn't realize what it was until a few seconds later. Same place, Wallen Rd. right around Center St., about 1/4 mile west of Lima Rd.

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Re: Black Bird Alert!
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 03:00:01 AM »
Be thankful we don't have flying skwerls in the area.

Yet.

Steve

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Re: Black Bird Alert!
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2012, 02:16:47 PM »
Be thankful we don't have flying skwerls in the area.

I read someplace on the internet that some of them can ride bikes and of course we all know they can water ski.

Lone Rider

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Re: Black Bird Alert!
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2012, 11:47:22 PM »
Red Winged Blackbirds and Red neck pickup truck drivers have one thing in common; they are unclear on the concept of “share the road”. --- Gene