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Are red-winged blackbirds known to be aggressive?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (34286points) 4 weeks ago

They’ve nested for years down by the water and I’ve never seen them act aggressively towards people until this past year.
I have seen three different people get dive bombed by them this week.
One was my husband and the entertainment factor was off the charts. :)
Have you ever seen this territorial/guarding behavior with these birds towards people?

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zenvelo's avatar

I have seen it happened with blackbirds and other small birds when they had nestlings.

A street near where I lived had trees planted along the sidewalk that were no more than 8 to ten feet tall. Birds nested about that high off the ground, and would attack anyone walking by.

Your birds should stop this behavior once their babies are all launched.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@zenvelo That’s what I was hoping.
The doves on my porch have fledged but they will be back as they have multiple broods per season.
I am not sure how many broods the blackbirds have.

My husband said they never make contact but come close.I admire their tenacity. :)

ucme's avatar

I have no clue!
However, a pair of seagulls have been screaming & circling me & Oscar while out on walkies.

We pass them on one particular route every morning & they only this week began acting like gnarly divas.
My word they don’t half yell lol

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme – it’s why I won’t dress as a hotdog anymore on trips to the beach.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme Are you writing a novel?

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille My wife phoned me from work & now I forgot what I was going to say…I hate when that happens!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -Take your time! I’ll sing the Jeopardy theme.

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I’m no longer in the mood & am sulking a little!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme Just don’t be like Sulk Hogan.—Biggest crybaby.

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