San Francisco city workers terrorized by blackbird!

June 11th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI  

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London,
Jun 11 (ANI): San Francisco city workers are being terrorized by an aggressive
blackbird, which swoops down repeatedly at their heads as they are walking
along the financial district.

The bird,
which has brought back memories of scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘The
Birds’, has been spending the past few weeks dive-bombing passers-by, reports
the Telegraph.

It seeks
its target from a perch on a building ledge, and then flies toward them at a
high speed near the intersection of California and Front Street.

None of
the victims are harmed, though they are left startled and bemused by the
blackbird, which has now become something of a tourist attraction, with crowds
of people gathering to watch its antics, armed with cameras and video
recorders.

Ornithology
experts say that the behaviour, called “mobbing”, happens when birds are trying
to protect a nearby nest.

Coincidentally,
a small town in the San Francisco Bay area, provided the backdrop for Alfred
Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller ‘The Birds’, starring Tippi Hedren. (ANI)

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