Hawk guarding nest whacks E. Ore. bicyclists
Saturday, July 2, 2011
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- In Eastern Oregon, bicyclists in Pendleton report they're getting dive-bombed.
It's a male hawk, they say, who's guarding a nest in an old cottonwood tree. And the bicyclists are getting too close for his comfort.
One rider tells the East Oregonian the bird came in from behind like a fighter plane and whacked his helmet. Another, also hit on the helmet, said it felt like a baseball bat.
The raptor is identified as a Swainson's hawk. The riders say he's been vigilant for a few nesting seasons, but not so aggressive as this year.
Birders say the hawk will ease up on the bicyclists once the brood his mate has hatched learns to fly.
Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info