Skip to comments.Hostile Grackles(Birds) Attack People in Houston
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."
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They went for the lawyers first...:-)
Bring your umbrella!
Good thing Hillary! wasn't there, or it would've been Grackles vs. Cankles.
...and carry your tennis racket... ;-)
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!"
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.
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.
"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.
...or a tennis racket.
Dang, I guess I should have read a couple more posts before responding. My apologies.
Wonder how they knew it was a lawyer, probably by smell.
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."
Compare SJackson's sweaty, all nighter series of posts to Dogs' Grackle Alert.
Three guess's who is the type"B" personality.
Hey, two FReepers in perfect agreement!! Why apologize? ;-)
she ll be going to jail soon for animal cruelty
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)
"Wonder how they knew it was a lawyer, probably by smell."
Grackles are very smart birds. Really.
Houston we have a problem.....
These birds must be smarter than we are.
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.
Send those Grackles or flying rats to Iraq as a new weapon system.
Grackles are territorial when they've fledglings. This happened to me several times over the years.
Heh, heh... I like the "bandolier" mental image. Very appropriate for dealing with these feathered "illegal migrants".
"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.
"Shoot them with a shotgun."
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!
We live in fowl times..
Not enough grackles
Ship 'em to the border and sic 'em on the illegals.
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.
Hey..FReepers, We're getting slow. It took 33 posts for this cliche to arrive. :D
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