Some runners along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa may be considering protective headgear. Once again this spring, redwing blackbirds are targeting female runners. Women with ponytails seem to be especially at risk, according to people who live nearby. Here’s CBC Ottawa’s Cory O’Kelly reporting on the bizarre phenomenon.
This isn’t the first year the angry birds have made a scene, as you can see in this report by the Ottawa Sun from spring 2011. The reality of birds attacking runners isn’t limited to the Rideau Canal either. Nesting birds of prey can be particularly dangerous. And in the UK, this local news story suggests that the crow is especially fond of blonde joggers. A local wildlife specialist even suggests that some runners might consider wearing hard hats!