Bird Attack

Remember when birds were attacking runners on the canal last summer?  Yeah, it turns out it’s not as fun as it sounds.

I was walking to work last Friday morning and I wasn’t anywhere near the canal. I was on a bike path though, with a lot of greenery running alongside, when I suddenly felt something hit my head and I felt some scratching too. I didn’t see it coming and it took me a few moments to realize that I had been attacked by a bird.

I ducked and screamed. The people coming from the opposite direction on the path didn’t make eye contact with me when we passed. I played it all cool and acted like nothing odd had just happened because that’s how I roll. Sigh.

My head felt a bit weird when I got to work but I didn’t feel comfortable asking my colleagues to check it for scratches. I’m shy that way. I tried taking pictures of the top of my head with my phone in the bathroom (yes I really did), but I couldn’t get a clear shot. It’s not easy to take a picture of the top of your head, apparently. Or maybe you need to be a better photographer than I.

Now I’m just waiting for the fever and terrible illness to set in. I’ll keep you posted.

No wonder people didn't make eye contact

No wonder people didn’t make eye contact

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I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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5 Responses to Bird Attack

  1. Delia says:

    Hectic! We get attacked by the Magpies during their breeding season. Wearing a pair of sunglasses on the back of my head or sticking large eyes on the back of my hat helps. Maybe you can trick your Redwing Blackbirds like that too. Meanies, that attack from behind!! Good luck

  2. Chantal says:

    My husband use to have to pass a Red Winged Blackbirds nest on his way from work to Tim Horton’s (you know he couldn’t miss out on his Tim’s). He would get attacked often and even though he hasn’t worked at that job in over 12 years he still gets jumpy when he sees a red winged blackbird.

  3. Sasha says:

    Yikes! I hadn’t heard about that, at least not around here. Hope someone was able to take a good look when you got home.

    Hope you’re ok!!! Love Delia’s idea with the sunglasses.

  4. Katherine says:

    parents are so protective during breeding season! yikes scary! there’s no room on the canal path in certain places – I can see how that could have happened.

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