I was riding on Warm Springs Avenue near the golf course today, and was suddenly lit upon by a couple of very aggressive blackbirds, squawking and dive-bombing me!
Red-wing blackbirds are notorious for fiercely defending their territory and their nests, particularly this time of year. All I can figure is I must've strayed a bit too close. But these ones seemed particularly determined; I bet I'd gone a quarter-mile before they finally backed off.
It must have been quite a sight to a bystander - birds swooping down on a cyclist many times their size who's riding along and swatting at the air with one hand and crying out, "I'm sorry - okay? I'm sorry!"
(Photo lifted from utahbirds.org)