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Hostile Grackles(Birds) Attack People in Houston
AP ^ | May 18

Posted on 05/19/2005 5:20:08 AM PDT by Dog

HOUSTON (AP) - Like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds," large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people's heads, hair and backs.

Authorities closed off a sidewalk after the aggressive birds, which can have 2-foot wingspans, flew out of magnolia trees Monday in front of the County Administration Building.

"They were just going crazy," said constable Wilbert Jue, who works at the building. "They were attacking everybody that walked by."

The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer who shooed a bird away before he tripped and injured his face, Jue said. The lawyer was treated for several cuts.

It appears that the birds are protecting their offspring. On Monday a young grackle had fallen out of its nest and adult birds attacked people who got too close, Jue said.

Another bird attacked a deputy county clerk.

"I hit him with a bottle," said Sylvia Velasquez. "The other birds came, and one attacked my blouse and on my back."

Two women came to help her after she fell to the ground, and the birds attacked them as well. The group escaped by running into the building.

"This is a very Hitchcock kind of story. Very Tippi Hedren," said downtown worker Laura Aranda Smith, referring to one of the stars of Alfred Hitchcock's move "The Birds."


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
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Attention Houston Freepers.....let's be careful out there today.
1 posted on 05/19/2005 5:20:09 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog

Also posted here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1405660/posts


2 posted on 05/19/2005 5:20:41 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Dog Gone; dead
The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer

They went for the lawyers first...:-)

3 posted on 05/19/2005 5:21:29 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog

Bring your umbrella!


4 posted on 05/19/2005 5:22:28 AM PDT by chapin2500 (Revenge is a dish best served cold.)
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To: Dog

Good thing Hillary! wasn't there, or it would've been Grackles vs. Cankles.


5 posted on 05/19/2005 5:23:59 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dog
Attention Houston Freepers.....let's be careful out there today.

...and carry your tennis racket... ;-)

6 posted on 05/19/2005 5:24:14 AM PDT by TXnMA (ATTN, ACLU & NAACP: There's no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: TXnMA

if you dont shoot yer eye out first....the answer is ""I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range
Model Air Rifle!"


7 posted on 05/19/2005 5:28:51 AM PDT by Vaquero ('I'm a Red Stater, trapped in the body of a Blue State')
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To: Dog

Interesting report. I have personally observed this behavior in Grackles for many years, but as the target was normally the head from behind, i assumed that the birds were after prime nesting materials.


8 posted on 05/19/2005 5:30:38 AM PDT by TennCon
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To: Dog

You wascly gwackle!
9 posted on 05/19/2005 5:36:23 AM PDT by LIConFem (Mein Luftkissenboot ist mit Aalen voll.)
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To: Dog

I'd say "concealed carry" of a TC Contender with a .410 barrel and a bandolier of shells loaded with number 9 shot (since this is in an urban area, and number 9's don't carry far) is in order here, especially given that this happened in Texas.


10 posted on 05/19/2005 5:37:35 AM PDT by Hardastarboard
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To: Dog

"They went for the lawyers first...:-)"

I was just thinking of a lawyer joke..
What do you have when a lawyer is up to his neck in sand?
NOT ENOUGH SAND.

Well, in this case, we need a lot more Grackles in this country.


11 posted on 05/19/2005 5:38:34 AM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava)
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To: chapin2500
"Bring your umbrella! "

...or a tennis racket.

12 posted on 05/19/2005 5:40:29 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: TXnMA

Dang, I guess I should have read a couple more posts before responding. My apologies.


13 posted on 05/19/2005 5:41:28 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Dog
Very weird birds, the sound they make is incredible.

Wonder how they knew it was a lawyer, probably by smell.

14 posted on 05/19/2005 5:46:44 AM PDT by austinite
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To: Dog

15 posted on 05/19/2005 5:50:37 AM PDT by austinite
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To: Dog

Other than having a cool name and a humorous appearance as they walk across a lawn, grackles are only notable for their propensity to behave as this piece indicates, and taking delight in crapping on humans. My experience with them has been more like "High Anxiety" than "The Birds."


16 posted on 05/19/2005 5:51:42 AM PDT by niteowl77 (Michael Isikoff's computer has killed more people than my thirty-five years' worth of guns.)
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To: edskid

Compare SJackson's sweaty, all nighter series of posts to Dogs' Grackle Alert.
Three guess's who is the type"B" personality.


17 posted on 05/19/2005 6:05:19 AM PDT by CBart95
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To: Hatteras

Hey, two FReepers in perfect agreement!! Why apologize? ;-)


18 posted on 05/19/2005 6:09:07 AM PDT by TXnMA (ATTN, ACLU & NAACP: There's no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: Dog
"I hit him with a bottle," said Sylvia Velasquez

she ll be going to jail soon for animal cruelty

19 posted on 05/19/2005 6:17:12 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (If you want to change government support the libertarian party www.lp.org)
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To: Dog

Grackles are flying rats. Unchecked they can devistate an orange orchard in a few days. Scientists should be researching wheather or not they can be ground into petrolium products or composted into fertilizer. ;o)


20 posted on 05/19/2005 6:18:10 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (If you must filibuster, let the Constitution do the talkin')
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To: austinite

"Wonder how they knew it was a lawyer, probably by smell."

Grackles are very smart birds. Really.


21 posted on 05/19/2005 6:19:43 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Dog

Stay underground


22 posted on 05/19/2005 6:21:24 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Republican - The thinking people's party)
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To: Dog

Houston we have a problem.....


23 posted on 05/19/2005 6:22:18 AM PDT by Route101
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To: Dog
The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer who shooed a bird away before he tripped and injured his face, Jue said. The lawyer was treated for several cuts.

These birds must be smarter than we are.

24 posted on 05/19/2005 6:45:22 AM PDT by b4its2late (If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.)
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To: Dog
The Human rights brigade will be up in arms about this, who's fault is this I wonder
25 posted on 05/19/2005 6:46:03 AM PDT by lillybet
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To: Dog

Ugh! I hate grackles. For the last two weeks they've swooped at my medium size dog when she's in the backyard. Used to be loud noises would scare them off, but lately I think they've mutated and are no longer afraid of humans.


26 posted on 05/19/2005 6:46:26 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Liberty Valance
Grackles are flying rats. Unchecked they can devistate an orange orchard in a few days. Scientists should be researching wheather or not they can be ground into petrolium products or composted into fertilizer. ;o)

Send those Grackles or flying rats to Iraq as a new weapon system.

27 posted on 05/19/2005 6:49:31 AM PDT by Major_Risktaker
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To: Dog

Grackles are territorial when they've fledglings. This happened to me several times over the years.


28 posted on 05/19/2005 7:11:34 AM PDT by freebilly (Go Santa Cruz Baseball! Win CCS!)
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To: Hardastarboard
I'd say "concealed carry" of a TC Contender with a .410 barrel and a bandolier of shells loaded with number 9 shot (since this is in an urban area, and number 9's don't carry far) is in order here, especially given that this happened in Texas.

Heh, heh... I like the "bandolier" mental image. Very appropriate for dealing with these feathered "illegal migrants".

29 posted on 05/19/2005 7:18:32 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: McLynnan

"Used to be loud noises would scare them off, but lately I think they've mutated and are no longer afraid of humans."

Shoot them with a shotgun. It's easier if they aren't afraid.


30 posted on 05/19/2005 7:56:54 AM PDT by monday
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To: monday

"Shoot them with a shotgun."

Yup!

After a few grackles see papa boid or auntie boid take the Shotgun Express to hell, they'll regain their proper fear of humans.

THAT'LL LEARN 'EM!


31 posted on 05/19/2005 8:57:36 AM PDT by Levante
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To: mhking

just damn


32 posted on 05/19/2005 9:17:55 AM PDT by King Prout (blast and char it among fetid buzzard guts!)
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To: Dog

We live in fowl times..


33 posted on 05/19/2005 9:34:44 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer...

Not enough grackles

34 posted on 05/19/2005 9:41:23 AM PDT by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: Dog

Ship 'em to the border and sic 'em on the illegals.


35 posted on 05/19/2005 1:03:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Deport them all; let Fox sort them out.)
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To: TennCon

A robin used to dive bomb me when I was standing up in the family above-ground pool, located under a big maple where the robin had her nest. She'd aim right for my hair.


36 posted on 05/19/2005 2:05:24 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: sheik yerbouty
We live in fowl times..

Hey..FReepers, We're getting slow. It took 33 posts for this cliche to arrive. :D

37 posted on 05/20/2005 7:04:18 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I wouldn't want to egg anyone on!


38 posted on 05/20/2005 8:43:45 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty
I wouldn't want to egg anyone on!

"Well...There You Go Again"...by (One of the 2 Best Presidents of the 20th Century, the other was TR, FDR was a distant 3rd) Ronald M. Reagan

39 posted on 05/20/2005 11:38:53 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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