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    Ottawa Blackbirds Go On The Attack

    NewsBird NewsFriday 29 July 2011
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    Runners in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, are being beset by angry birds; not the popular iPhone game, but real angry redwing blackbirds. "I was taking my walk through this park and unwittingly got bumped in the head – turned around and it was this bird trying to dig its claws into my head," said Oscar Pinto on his routine walk along the west side of the Rideau canal, which the birds seem to have claimed as their territory.

    Steve Blight, the director of environmental management and protection with the NCC, admits he's been attacked himself.

    "I wouldn't call it attacking - they're just trying to drive the people away," he said.

    However, Blight said encounters are odd at this time, since nesting season ends in early June. Yet, it's still normal behaviour for blackbirds. Like all birds, they're attempting to protect their young from "predators" – or in this case, runners.

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