Birds: Yeargh.


I was recently leaving a client’s office when I was dive-bombed by a flock of cliff swallows. Unlike the Bat Incident (Facebook friends may remember: in late July a flocklet of bats chased me to my car as I headed to a comedy show), this time I had my camera with me.

These are three of the six birds which herded me back to my car.  They did this by peeping in a register that made me feel as if shards of glass were being driven into my ear and at a volume that was like a cannon filled with angry bird noises going off right next to me; and by flying straight up into the air for 20 feet or so in order to build up maximum velocity as they dove directly toward my face.

Of course I was curious.

Unlike bats, birds usually only swarm around a larger animal to chase that animal away from a nest.

Here it is:

Closer inspection revealed a pissed off mama bird.

This bird built her nest on a wasps’ nest, right next to two other wasps’ nests.  I don’t scare easily, but Mama Bird won the Gangster Award for the day.

I got out of there fast

…but not before the equally pissed off papa bird came back.

A spooky sentinel swallow gave me the stink-eye as I walked away:

…and yes: I walked. I did not cringe toward my car, bowing and scraping like a proto-human encountering a giant Space Slab.

Not much.

These totally unrelated sparrows spent the whole time hanging out on a nearby dumpster. I’m pretty sure they were laughing at me.

The entire incident reminded me of a comic I wrote a couple of years ago: Birds I Hate.  It’s about birds, me, and (spoiler alert) hostile emotion.  This is a recurring theme for me, as birds and I don’t really get along.

I have a nap to take and a video to film, but I will dig the comic out, scan it, and upload it for your amusement by the end of the week.  This I vow.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. carole says:

    I did not know you disliked birds. You have to come over to see my bird feeder :)))

    1. badger1 says:

      I like most birds…just not the ones that chase me ^_^.

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