Birds attacking people

This is a good video of birds going after humans, but they are NOT evil: they’re protective! Note the preponderance of waterfowl among the attackers, including some ducks!

My favorite, Ceiling Cat help me, is when the duckling goes for the dog’s penis at 43 seconds in.

 

46 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Where’s Hitchcock when you need him?

    • freiner
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Probably having a drink down at MacGuffin’s.

  2. Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Mockingbirds are well known dive bombers. We have one that has been standing guard at the top of a phone pole at the edge of our property. I believe me and the cats are too far away for it to dive bomb. It is doing some kind of display dance as it jumps a couple of feet up in the air, flashes its wings, and then goes straight back down to its pole.

  3. Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I love this!!! XD Great post!

  4. BobTerrace
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Kamikaze fowl. Seagulls are awful when going after people food.

  5. DW
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    If you need some cathartic revenge after those angry bird attacks, there’s always that video of Randy Johnson exploding a bird with a fastball.

    • freiner
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Wow! I’ve never seen that. So what was the ruling? It sure looks like a strike.

      • freiner
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

        … or was it a shrike?

      • Liz
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

        Fowl ball.

        • freiner
          Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

          Great!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      That’ll keep hitters from digging in against The Big Unit!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      As I recall, the Yankees’ Dave Winfield clipped a seagull while tossing a ball in the outfield in Toronto, too.

      • freiner
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        The Yankees also used to have a Goose on the mound.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      Another revenge video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7kW5eWk9g4

      cr

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Canada geese are assholes. I don’t care what anyone says. Assholes!

    • freiner
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      It’s because they’re so fed up with people calling them “Canadian Geese.”

    • Posted June 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      No shit, Sherlock! 😛 Check this out>>>
      https://globalnews.ca/news/4247537/sherwood-park-goose-attack-video/

      • Posted June 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        It depends on the context. I have LOTS of Canada Geese, in their natural environment. At times they’ll be hundreds in the creek behind my house. They’re pretty shy and will take off when approached. Hundreds of geese exploding off the water into the air at once is a sight. They’re hunted.

        Urban geese, on the other hand, shit all over the parks and golf courses and cemeteries, get sucked into airplane engines, and insolently attack people who get too close. They’re not hunted.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 4, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

          When I worked in a park, they used to clog up the park roads and hiss at the cars. I learned to just keep driving at a reasonable speed (I think the speed was only 20kph in the park) and the birds would move but they’d hiss the whole time which was amusing.

        • Posted June 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

          My comment was partly tongue in cheek. 🙂 I’m aware of the differing behaviours in the various environments, and so far, the local geese in our neighbourhood get along with people. There are the rare uber aggressive ones who attack even speeding cars when the goslings are out and about. Others just peacefully forage on the grassy boulevards and crap all over the sidewalks. All the residents tolerate that downside, and slow down and stop for the goose parades across busy thoroughfares. I think part of the respect for wildlife comes from the knowledge that this used to be *their* moraine, till the developers built up a large part of it.

          I miss the huge flocks of purple finches that used to nest behind our house. That’s all gone now, and they have to bunch up by the creek or find other territory.

  7. Posted June 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Swans are very aggressive when they want your food. My sister and I were in a paddle boat in Canterbury, UK quietly eating our sandwiches when a swan came up and wanted them. If I remember correctly, we gave it a piece and got the hell out of there.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me of the Hili dialogue tweet from the other day where an airport platform was closed due to a goose.

  9. Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I watched a Red-wing Blackbird chase Boris (the kestrel) off his perch this morning.

    Here’s a video of a blackbird harrassing Deets.

    • Diane G
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Poor Deets! Just innocently playing with his toy…

    • barn owl
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Poor Deets! Now if it were voles ganging up on him, I could kind of understand it. He’s dispatched a few of those, IIRC.

  10. Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    It reminds me of the day my husband and I saw a flightless baby robin on the fog line up the road. So we stopped to save its precious little life, knowing that Mom might be upset. She was. She immediately attacked my husband multiple times as he carried the baby into the woods to safety. He came out bleeding all over his head. The baby was fine.

  11. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    “Birds attacking people

    This is a good video of birds going after humans,” ……

    “My favorite, Ceiling Cat help me, is when the duckling goes for the dog’s penis at 43 seconds in.”

    Did Prof Ceiling Cat just equate a dog to ‘people’ 😉

    I’m not sure that was an attack, btw, I think maybe the dickling thought it was an edible titbit.

    cr

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      ‘duckling’.

      Aargh!

      cr

      • Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        ‘dickling’ will do just as well. 🙂

      • Diane G
        Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

        Lol, good one!

      • Posted June 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

        A typographical spoonerism.

      • Posted June 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        I suspect WordPress is holding back a comment-editing feature (which is dead simple) just to mess with us.

        • Diane G
          Posted June 5, 2018 at 1:16 am | Permalink

          Well, they’re certainly succeeding, then!

          (Though in some other WEIT thread we’ve mentioned the always-possible post-posting meaning-changing editing you see some times when someone decides to deny that s/he said what s/he said originally.)

  12. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t know what the pelican was doing at 0:58. It didn’t look like an attack to me. Maybe more like an attempt to see if the lady was edible? Was it just being affectionate? Really can’t tell from the video, but I like that clip.

    cr

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      Birds like that tend to eat whatever they can fit in their months so I think it was “tasting” the woman, so to speak.

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      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 5:51 am | Permalink

        In that case I’d say it was suffering from serious delusions and lacked a sense of scale. 😉

        cr

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

          Which is probably an accurate description of the personality of most birds.

  13. ChrisS
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    …43 seconds in:

    Pecking the pecker

  14. Diane G
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Swans have been know to kill children and at least one adult man.

    https://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes/2012/04/mute-swan-attacks-and-kills-man-chicago-pond#page-2

    • nicky
      Posted June 3, 2018 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      I remember that as a child my mother always warned me to keep a healthy distance from swans (mute swans).

  15. nicky
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Dinosaurs.
    And they didn’t even show Ostriches, Emus and Cassowaries. Ostriches kill about 7 people a year, mostly in animal husbandry (I do not trust this number 100%, appears very high). Apparently there are only 5 people killed by emus on record. Despite their reputation, there is only one report of a cassowary killing a human. However, it is thought they have some undocumented killings of tribal people on their tally. They certainly do attack and have a dangerous toenail.
    Could not find comparative data for severely wounded humans, but I know a guy who lost his eye to an ostrich.
    I was once attacked from behind by a Spotted Eagle-owl, but no serious injury, just some scratches on the skull.

    • barn owl
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      A friend of mine who lives on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country told me that a man had shown up in the local emergency room one night with lots of serious bruises and gashes. The man spoke only Spanish, and told the ER personnel that he’d been attacked by a giant bird. The patient wasn’t intoxicated or lying about the cause of his injuries – turns out he’d been trespassing on, or mistakenly hiked through, an ostrich farm.

  16. Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I beg to differ: red wing black birds ARE evil (the males anyway). One even made national news when it kept dive bombing runners; the city set up a sign telling people to avoid the sidewalk near the tree where it was nesting.

    I try to spot them early and then yell at them when they try to bomb me…

  17. Posted June 2, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    A Russian taxi driver was left in a flap when he got too close to a mother duck and her ducklings in Moscow on Friday. The man was no match for the mighty duck who scared the man into running away, like a chicken!

  18. Posted June 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    We’ve had a crow bullying our cat. It’s only picking on our cat – it ignores other cats completely. It follows her around and croaks at her from rooftops. Occasionally dive bombing her – she’s come in with scratched ears twice.

    It’s been going on for weeks. And all day. It’s like this crow quit it’s job and told it’s spouse “Honey, I’ve decided to follow my dreams and make that cat’s life a living hell”.

    Then, a few days ago she cam in with someone else’s blood on her, looking pleased as punch. We haven’t heard from the crow since.


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