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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Really Mean Blackbird Pisses-Off Pedestrians in Golden Gate Park (VIDEO)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

This is probably the closest thing we could find to a modern day re-enactment of our favorite Hitchcock movie The Birds, minus the killer suspense and Tippi Hedren, of course.

Still, this YouTube video of a blackbird bullying unsuspecting pedestrians in Golden Gate Park is exciting enough to get us through our work today. Although the pedestrians appear to be minding their own damn business, that's not exactly how this Brewer's Blackbird perceives it. Watch:

YouTube user Mila Zinkova shot the footage, drawing some of her own conclusions from this people vs the blackbird situation:
I was filming this blackbird during a few days, and I came to some conclusions:
1.Very few of nesting blackbirds actually attack people. There were dozens nests around, but only this one bird kept attacking people.
2. Most attacked people were going from left to right. Seldom, mostly runners, were attacked while going from right to left.
3. Bird attacked only when he believed he's not seen.
4. If a person had a hand atop of his head the bird did not attack.
5. Some people behaved much crazier than the bird. I observed one Chinese couple who were violently shaking the bush with the nest on it in order to make the bird to attack them in order to take a picture. The bird was circling over their heads, but never attacked them because they were looking at him.
6.In the last few frames I filmed the feeding of the chicks. Please note how the mother removed faecal sac (poop) directly from the chick's cloaca.
I asked park officials to put a warning sign, but it was not put.
If you watch it to the end, you will find out that the bird was simply protecting its youngsters in a nest. Ilana DeBare, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Audubon Society, confirmed that this was probably the case, saying it's "kinda the bird equivalent of buying a house and then once you've moved in, realizing it is on an incredibly busy street with constant traffic."

"Bad nest location!" she said in an email to SF Weekly. 


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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