For the birds  

rm_babyboomer26 66M
781 posts
7/16/2006 12:13 pm

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For the birds

Blackbirds Attack California Town's Residents

Associated Press

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - There's pecking disorder in the city. Brewer's blackbirds, apparently protecting their young during nesting season, are swooping down and attacking the heads of pedestrians.

"On a bad day, we get about 15 attacks an hour," Nautical Bean coffee house business manager Brett Jones said. "I thought about naming a coffee after them."

Customers are often seen flailing their hands over their heads as they walk toward the Laguna Village Shopping Center cafe.

Last week, while walking into the Nautical Bean Espresso Cafe, customer Charlie Magnuson felt tiny claws tug on his peppered hair.

"Once you've been scratched," he said, "it does scare you a little. But not really, because they won't go for your eyes. I think it's a fun thing as long as no one gets hurt."

Wildlife experts said the birds are simply protecting their young. Capt. David Fox of the California Department of Fish and Game said the behavior is a common defense mechanism.

Once nesting season is over at the end of summer, the harassment of Nautical Bean patrons will likely stop, he said.

This story reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's terrifying movie The Birds. What made it so scary, I think, was the way he transformed something we see every day and consider benign into a threat. Kind of like making killer bunnies.

I know many of you have, uh... shall we say irrational, fears of ordinary things in life. Things like spiders and snakes. What common things make you break out in a cold sweat?


LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
7/16/2006 12:27 pm

Ironically..I like birds but that protection instinct is freaky!!...NO FEAR!!

tastycouple55 69M/69F

7/16/2006 5:39 pm

snakes are not my favorite. Gardner snakes are okay but all those other big ones people have for pets turn me a little sweaty. Also big spiders. Little ones I squish. lol.

rm_sexxikritter 52F
2715 posts
7/16/2006 7:18 pm

As long as the pet snakes and spiders are in a cage, I'm ok with it. Let them out and I'll freak out. Bats too...I try to stay in at dusk even though I've heard that bats don't bother blondes. I don't want to see if that's an old wives' tale or not.

SensuousWoman3 55F
3106 posts
7/20/2006 3:52 am

I am not afraid of birds, but I have been swooped by one, a Blue Jay, and it was an unsettling event. I do not like snakes, even garter snakes. I do not like wolf spiders that liberally apply Rogaine to all their appendanges, either.

A little trivia, I had an uncle who was the sound director for "The Birds."

sunshinekzn 58F

7/22/2006 9:32 pm

A tortoise!

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