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    Forget cats, dogs, aliens, AND squirrels...birds are the real problem!

    On my way to school, I pass by a row of five-six trees. Apparently the bird who has a nest in one of these trees doesn't like me. I'm not sure if he just moved in there or if he just started noticing me (I've been riding to school for a few months now), but it's getting scary.

    On Tuesday he squawked and I looked back and saw him flying above my head, in an attacking pose. He sort of flew up higher and then went back to his tree. Today while coming home, I heard a LOUDER squawk and I looked back and saw him flying full speed at me! I sprinted away, but still. Why does he hate me so much and what can I do?

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    What kind of bird?

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    Shoot it! (just joking)
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    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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    Headwinds are hills dipped in evil!
    Tabarnac de vent!!!

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    paint your helmet to look like a hawk? add fake wings, and tail feathers for more effect.
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    I was taken down once hard by a duck. It spooked and flew into the rear triangle of my bike. I ended up with blood and feathers all over my campy novo record rear derailleur and my front wheel was toast. I guess I was lucky I didn't get into trouble for hunting ducks out of season . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdswitters View Post
    paint your helmet to look like a hawk? add fake wings, and tail feathers for more effect.
    I would not do that , He might try to mate with you!!!
    Originally Posted by Leebo
    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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    Tabarnac de vent!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    I was taken down once hard by a duck. It spooked and flew into the rear triangle of my bike. I ended up with blood and feathers all over my campy novo record rear derailleur and my front wheel was toast. I guess I was lucky I didn't get into trouble for hunting ducks out of season . . . .
    Gruesome, but I like it.

    And I'm not sure what type of bird it is. It looks blue, if I remember correctly. Is there a special type of bird that hunts cyclists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFourOne View Post
    On my way to school, I pass by a row of five-six trees. Apparently the bird who has a nest in one of these trees doesn't like me. I'm not sure if he just moved in there or if he just started noticing me (I've been riding to school for a few months now), but it's getting scary.

    On Tuesday he squawked and I looked back and saw him flying above my head, in an attacking pose. He sort of flew up higher and then went back to his tree. Today while coming home, I heard a LOUDER squawk and I looked back and saw him flying full speed at me! I sprinted away, but still. Why does he hate me so much and what can I do?
    Did you kill any squirrels by any chance? The bird might be upset about that!

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    I have had more close calls with stupid pigeons than with squirels or any other type of animal. The wait till you are within 20 ft and then (while your doing 20+mph) try to fly away. I nearly clobbered three pigeons in the last 40 miles of riding I did. Hard breaking combined with swerving kept me from demolishing the dumb birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    I was taken down once hard by a duck. It spooked and flew into the rear triangle of my bike. I ended up with blood and feathers all over my campy novo record rear derailleur and my front wheel was toast. I guess I was lucky I didn't get into trouble for hunting ducks out of season . . . .
    Before you get another bill, you should just duck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFourOne View Post
    Is there a special type of bird that hunts cyclists?
    There is now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFourOne View Post
    Gruesome, but I like it.

    And I'm not sure what type of bird it is. It looks blue, if I remember correctly. Is there a special type of bird that hunts cyclists?
    Yeah. It's a she bird with eggs about to hatch. You are too close to the young ones.
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    This time of year some birds are aggressive when you get to close to their nests. Here I've seen mockingbirds, grackles, and cactus wrens try to shoo people including cyclists away from their nests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
    This time of year some birds are aggressive when you get to close to their nests. Here I've seen mockingbirds, grackles, and cactus wrens try to shoo people including cyclists away from their nests.
    Grackles are mean. I had one dive bomb me from her nest over a mailbox. I was just stopping to shove some letters in the mail slot when I had a thunk to the helmet.

    Another reason to wear your helmet, I guess!

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    Somebody posted here once about decapitating a squirrel when it's little noggin got through the front spokes and it was guillotined against the fork blade, and I have had that vision every time a bunny darts across my path, very close call 2 days ago, amidst a veritable bunnypalooza.

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    I saw these little ones on my ride last night.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I've had to stop for flocks of Canada geese wandering across the road many times. I give them wide bearth because they can attack and hurt you

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