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  • hainey
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    Buzzard attacks happened a lot in a small village where i used to live in Staffordshire, bikes and runners. Took a chunk out of my dads head once.

    jp-t853
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    It has regularly happened to runners near me in two spots. One woman had quite bad scratching to her hands and head.

    I have cycled through these spots with the buzzards watching me but they haven’t had a go.

    Post the link when you have it

    fasthaggis
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    A Parrot in Majorca .
    Stupid thing ,it followed us for ages 🙄

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Aussie Magpies are a damn menace, it’s not happened to me but it sure does happen.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wHreVKgOT4[/video]

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Some sort of magpie thing would attack me when I was in Australia.
    A lot of people would have eyes stuck to back of their helmets.
    Edit,as seen on you tube!

    Premier Icon cakefacesmallblock
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    Not really been attacked as such , but twice I’ve had Buzzards swoop very low and close at me whilst I’ve been riding in Wyre Forest. On the second occasion I was just conscious of a shadow above me, then the bird came into view and flew off in front about 2 metres above the ground, following the trail for about a hundred metres, before flying into a tree and just watching me pass.

    tlr
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    Yep, a magpie attacked me twice riding through Ellenwood near Perth, Australia. Drew blood as well, thankfully I was wearing a helmet.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    A squirrel fell out of a tree and landed on my head once.

    whatnobeer
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    Just been sent a video of my Mum and Dad out road riding where my Mum get swooped on by what looks like a buzzard! It apparently had happened a couple of times before on the same road so this time my Dad whipped his iPhone out and got a video.

    I’m just trying to cut it down a bit then I’ll stick it on YouTube.

    Seems a bit crazy for it to have happened so many times. I know my Mum is quite small, but you wouldn’t of though a bird of prey would mistake her for a rabbit or something!

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Some bloke on a Brompton in nottingham.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Yeah, she was furious after I wolf whistled her.

    Cracking ar*e though.

    #chauvinismisntdeadyet

    glupton1976
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    Only after going to the rodeo. 😉

    Shibboleth
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    I’ve been dive-bombed by lapwings, on and off road…

    Premier Icon Lifer
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    Never been attacked but there’s a section of my long road loop that goes down a singletrack lane, hedgerows either side. Often have a load of Swallows fly along with me for around 150 yards or so which is quite fun!

    There’s (what I think is) a Red Kite or Marsh Harrier that lives in a field on the way to my local woods and a Green Woodpecker on the MTB loop that tries to lead me away from it’s nest. That’s the closest I get to agression, a bit of chirping and ‘chase me! chase me!’

    AlasdairMc
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    I was charged by what I took to be a ptarmigan in the Cairngorms. I crested a little rise in the trail to find a baby bird on the ground, it ran off, and the mummy bird took that as me trying to squash it, so flew straight at me. On the plus side, it bumped my speed up a bit.

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    Ive had a squirel hit me in the head sideways along with conkers. It was a very windy day.
    Some sort of woodpecker swoops at me in the woods during nesting time.

    geologist
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    Yeah – I got a restraining order taken out against her 😉

    my Dad whipped his iPhone out and got a video

    Made up to see that videoing the event was more important than trying to help his wife defend herself!

    My kinda guy!

    eemy
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    I was swooped by a buzzard. Very scary, then funny, then scary again, then thought I’d escaped before it came back and scared me again.

    Junkyard
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    nearly
    Rounded a corner to see a buzzard in the road eating a rabbit. It set off and as it was facing me it flew straight at me with claws out as it headed at my head , it may have been just trying to get away though. Massive when you have two hands on the bars and one of those about 2 foot away. I binned the bike trying to avoid it.

    Happened to fast to be scared but trust me flying at your face they are massive.

    Junkyard
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    nearly
    Rounded a corner to see a buzzard in the road eating a rabbit. It set off and as it was facing me it flew straight at me with claws out as it headed at my head , it may have been just trying to get away though. Massive when you have two hands on the bars and one of those about 2 foot away. I binned the bike trying to avoid it.

    Happened to fast to be scared but trust me flying at your face they are massive.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    another go
    when swans attack

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    Yep, the swans on the towpath at Skipton are like Daily Mail readers.

    They hate cyclists, regardless of circumstances.

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    Yup; buzzard in Yair Forest, Scottish Borders – one of the guys I was riding got talon scratch marks in the top he was wearing.

    beanieripper
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    Wow, ive been stalked lately by a huge Buzzard which made me feel a bit hot round the collar, hadn’t reasonably thought it might have a go…

    core
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    Was out the other night & had a buzzards watch us very closely from a telegraph pole, never contemplated it might attack though.

    Was out shooting last night & had a bat follow us around for best part of an hour, bit creepy!

    Also had to release a buzzard from a Larsen trap (legal, for forbids) once, got it in a bag, then Mrs dropped it, thing went ape shit but luckily just flew off!

    scant
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    I’ve been attacked by a bird riding the road climbing up to Taupo New Zealand. again some kind of buzzard

    kevin1911
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    Yep, got swooped by a buzzard at Glentress of All places. Also been dive bombed by bats who obviously thought they were in for a feast. But they’re mammals, so probably don’t count.

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    There’s a few buzzards that have swooped down and tried to grab roadies in our area nr to Castle Douglas, some have left talon marks on the helmets and there’s one particular stretch of road that is owned by a very territorial buzzard that everyone is aware of, they could make a mess of a bare head if the claws got under your scalp.

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    Buzzed once by a very angry red kite in the Chilterns. There are millions of the buggers, usually floating around in the distance – hence my surprise.

    nwill1
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    S*#t… I was ridding solo on single track through Kinver last week and a buzzard swooped parallel to me, only a couple of meters away, then on my return it flew over me again.

    At the time I thought it was a magical experience, as close to flying as I could imagine (both times going flat out down hill) now I’m thinking it was a close escape and am fearful of going back alone!!!

    Waderider
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    I was attacked by an Magpie in Brisbane, I thought it kind of fun. Wearing a helmet helped!

    stevious
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    Scant – no buzzards in NZ, just HArriers (the big bird of prey here) and falcons (smaller bird of prey). Most likely a harrier having a go.

    They have the Aussie magpies in NZ and there are a few bits of road I avoided last spring because of them.

    Also had a Bonxie attack me on the way to climb the Old Man of Stoer, followed by a fulmar vomit attack as I abseiled back down after climbing.

    whatnobeer
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    There’s a few buzzards that have swooped down and tried to grab roadies in our area nr to Castle Douglas, some have left talon marks on the helmets and there’s one particular stretch of road that is owned by a very territorial buzzard that everyone is aware of, they could make a mess of a bare head if the claws got under your scalp.

    Clatteringshaws road? Thats where it was. Didnt realise it was a known area for a territorial bird!

    antigee
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    another victim of aussie magpies here – think its called swooping season – first time thought “whats all the fuss about” next time it was the other Gallagher brother – nearly had my head off

    tremadog climbing in days when helmets weighed more than cars and most people didn’t – a raven drew blood big time defending a nest that I was no where near, not sure if I at time I was more embarrassed by the lead fall or the lack of MTFU on the injury

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