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Bicyclists Report Getting Smacked By Angry Bird

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HAWK ATTACK
Riders in Pendleton, Ore., say a male hawk is dive-bombing them because they're too close to a nest he's guarding in an old cottonwood tree. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

PENDLETON, Ore. -- Bicyclists in eastern Oregon say they're getting whacked on the head by an angry bird.

Riders in Pendleton, Ore., told the East Oregonian that a male hawk is dive-bombing them because they're too close to a nest he's guarding in an old cottonwood tree.

Bicyclist Mack Temple says the bird came in from behind like a fighter plane and whacked his helmet. Another rider, Charlie Newhouse, says the attack on his helmet was "like getting hit with a baseball bat." He says the talons went in through the helmet.

Bird-watchers say the large bird is a Swainson's hawk. The riders say he's been vigilant for a few nesting seasons, but hasn't been as aggressive as this year.

Bird-watchers say the hawk will ease up once his brood learns to fly.

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