The red-winged blackbird (or Agelaius phoeniceus) is evil. I'm fairly convinced that they have been put on earth to terrorize runners.
A heads up (literally) to YOW runners. Crazy little birdy attacked me this am on canal NW of Pretoria. Has claws & beak but cant go sub 3/km
— Dylan Wykes (@DylanWykes) June 14, 2013
After seeing that tweet the other day (and getting confirmation that his 'crazy little birdy' was indeed a red-winged blackbird), I was feeling lucky that although I've had a few minor incidents with being chased by the little terrors, one had never actually made contact with me (unlike Jordan, who has been attacked numerous times). Well - I am now an attack victim and unfortunately, since I nowhere near as fast as Canada's fastest marathoner, I wasn't able to outrun the bird and the little bastard clawed the back of my head. According to Wikipedia, they aggressively defend their territory and have been known to "swoop" humans. I feel like there should be more than one sentence in the wiki entry about how jerky they are...
Birds: love them? Hate them? Been attacked by them on the run?