Villagers terrorised by dive-bombing buzzard

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Jun 13 12:09:32 BST 2010

Villagers terrorised by dive-bombing buzzard

Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:45 AM on 13th June 2010

Villagers are living in fear following a series 
of attacks by a vicious buzzard who has been 
swooping down and sinking its talons into terrified locals.

Residents in Pencombe, near Bromyard, 
Herefordshire have been left with deep, bloody 
wounds after being targeted by the angry bird on a quiet country lane.

Joggers, cyclists and horse riders have all been 
preyed on by the 22 inch beast near an orchard to 
the east of the quaint picturesque village.

Now worried people are avoiding the dangerous 
lane and watching their heads following reports of passers-by being attacked.

Horse rider Lindsey Wake had a lucky escape when 
she fell victim to the hawk-like bird.

The mother-of-two was riding her horse Archie when she was struck on the head.

Lindsey, 34, said: ‘I heard a loud sound and felt 
a blow to my head and my helmet. It was quite a 
hard blow - I could see stars afterwards.

‘The horse jumped and then stood still. 
Thankfully he is not the type to take off.

‘It was a shock. I wasn't frightened at the time 
because I didn't know what it was but now I now, 
it is frightening to think what could have been.

‘I was totally bemused. I couldn't see because 
the helmet had come down over my eyes. I had no idea what it was at first.

‘The helmet is all scratched and marked 
underneath. The talons could have got my head.’

News of the ferocious attacks spread around the 
village and it emerged an angry buzzard was the culprit.

Lindsey, a primary school teacher, added: ‘I was 
quite lucky it hit my helmet and did not land on 
the horse or my arm because they could do a lot of damage with their talons.

‘I could feel I had been hit on the head. I was 
confused about what had happened.’

Villagers are now ducking and diving to avoid being the bird's next victim.

‘There have been a few other people that have 
been attacked on the same stretch of road," Lindsey said.

‘I have not been down there since it happened. I am avoiding it for a while.’

No-one has reported the incidents. Residents are 
hoping the angry bird will buzz off in due course.

Lindsey said: ‘They are a protected bird so I 
don't think there is anything that can be done. 
We will just have to warn people and wait for the young to flee.’

A-Level student Charlotte Colley was also 
attacked on the lane recently as well as her 16-year-old brother Jack.

The 18-year-old, from Bromley, said: ‘I was 
cycling down the lane and out of nowhere I felt 
this strong impact on the back of my head.

‘I was in shock - it came out of nowhere. I just 
didn't see the buzzard coming.

‘I rode out of there pretty quickly after that, 
they're big birds and their talons are quite 
sharp and can do some serious damage.

‘I had pinpoints of blood across my scalp where 
the claws had dug into me. It’s very worrying and 
people are avoiding the area now.

‘It’s a popular lane for dog-walkers, joggers and 
horse riders - but now everybody is too scared to go down there.’

Regular jogger Kyle Whiteside, 23, said: ‘People 
are scared to go down that lane – it’s like 
something out of Hitchocks 'The Birds' - except 
that there's only one of them.

‘Still, it’s pretty terrifying, because they are 
big animals and could have your eye out with those huge talons.

‘I'm staying clear of there for a while, that's for sure.’

Louise Pedersen of the RSPB said: ‘The buzzard is 
only protecting its nest. The best advice is to avoid that lane for a while.’ 

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