5:27 PM CDT Jul 09, 2014
Dive-bombing bird targets downtown walkers, runners
DES MOINES, Iowa —An unusual warning in downtown Des Moines today: Beware of the dive-bombing bird.
Red-winged Blackbird dive-bombs runners and walkers in downtown Des Moines.
An angry Red-winged Blackbird is apparently targeting anyone walking, especially with a hat, or running by the west side of the Center Street walking bridge over the Des Moines River.
KCCI cameras captured the bird getting so close it was getting into people's hair.
Experts said the birds become aggressive when protecting their nest, which is somewhere near the bridge and river. The bird sits on a nearby light pole or the bridge and swoops down on passersby.