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Tiny mockingbirds are attacking people walking through Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park during aerial displays that are eerily reminiscent of scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film “The Birds.”

The attacks, which started about a week ago, are probably the result of the birds trying to protect their newly hatched eggs from threats such as joggers, walkers, and other natural predators that now say they are afraid to use the park.

“It was very traumatic,” said Maya Brenner, who says a bird came at her beak-and-talon-first on three occasions. “I have not been running since.”

Brenner suffered some scratches, but luckily, had no open wounds.

Mockingbirds, who are known to be fierce protectors of their nests, are well-known for attacking unsuspecting humans. And since this is Transmitter Park’s first summer, the birds are probably not used to seeing so many people walking so close to their nests.

Some who are aware of the attacks have taken up a new form of bird watching — one in which they watch as unsuspecting park-goers get attacked from the air.

“[The bird] goes to a high perch and picks its victims,” said John Clements, who works at nearby River Styx and saw the bird attack three people in a row last week. “It’s usually women and people on cell phones.”

News of the attacks was first reported by the website Greenpointers.com

This reporter was literally assigned to a day in the park on Wednesday and was not attacked, but did have a few serious staring contests with the vicious birds.

Still, some said the attacks weren’t a big deal, as it was simply nature taking its course.

“They are birds,” said Linda Orbourne. “Who are you going to file a complaint with?”

On the bright side, none of the attacks have been eerily reminiscent of the Mel Brooks’ classic, “High Anxiety.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Cremating Calebs says:
Give these poor and hungry birds a break; they're simply mistaking the limbs of the androgynous and underdeveloped hipsters for earthworms and breadsticks.
July 19, 2013, 7:26 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
lol dh. And when they set up nests, they go searching for twigs.

This is perfect; Arty the Seal sounds the warning, and the birds attack - could be our best chance at stopping the soy boy interlopers after all.

Just goes to show that ALL animals hate hipsters.
July 19, 2013, 8:09 am
heather from greenpoint says:
i think greenpointers.com actually had this story first, not the nytimes: http://greenpointers.com/2013/07/11/not-forgotten-greenpoint-transmitter-park-attack-of-the-killer-mockingbirds/
July 19, 2013, 8:30 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
DH and JAZ: Isaac and Malachi (only gay)
July 19, 2013, 10:38 am
diehipster from Cremating Calebs says:
LOL Jaz!

Hey Elvis Costello, let me guess - fedora and thick frames? Very unique look. Sorry our thoughts and anti hipster sentiment always hurts you but it's the lifestyle you chose.
July 19, 2013, 11:11 am
Vince DiMiceli (Brooklyn Paper) from Editor says:
Apologies to Greenpointers.com. Great video, by the way. We will update.

-- vince
July 19, 2013, 11:16 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
Yes. It's true. It hurts me. I am very hurt right now. And although I'm not a hipster, your words cut through me like a hot knife through butter. I'm going to go cry now. Dick.
July 19, 2013, 11:49 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
By the way..."LOL"????? Are the both of you teenage girls (or are you the same teenage girl?)?
July 19, 2013, 11:55 am
Northside Ned from GPT says:
Do you guys think Jerome is over 250lbs?
July 19, 2013, 1:07 pm
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
Imagine how bad his cleavage must smell in this weather?
July 19, 2013, 3:16 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
They are raising their young and protecting their nests. anyone that owned a home and yard for a year or two would know that. If you just showed up in the area from the midwest you might be confused. The birds are sending a message, back off. BTW, real New Yorkers are sending the same message....you are from the mid-west.....you don't know our ways....stop trying to change us.......back off, learn......emulate the locals...we are the greatest City in the country......there is a reason for that.....step down.....learn before you try and change
July 19, 2013, 7:33 pm
ty from pps says:
So, Swampy, you're suggesting people from New York City are more "in tune" with nature than people from the midwest?! Half the kids in NYC don't even know beef comes from cows... never mind actual nature.

How many New Yorkers even know what a mockingbird looks like?

You're ridiculous.
July 19, 2013, 9:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh yeah... and "anyone that owned a home and yard"

How many "real" New Yorkers would that be exactly?! You're such a sanctimonious douchebag that is clueless about the city he claims to represent.
July 19, 2013, 9:33 pm
Beverly Jenkins says:
What the park needs is more electrified bird traps. Mockingbirds are basically hamsters with wings! Foul!
July 20, 2013, 5:13 am
Beverly Jenkins says:
Exscuse me - Swamp yankee is right! There are no homes with yards or birds In the midwest! You wouldn't know about this!!
July 20, 2013, 5:15 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Beverly,
Mockingbirds are not chickens
July 20, 2013, 8:39 am
ty from pps says:
Swampy -- You just keep telling us about your "real" Brooklyn experience with your single-family house and yard....
July 20, 2013, 8:46 am
the Chooch from re-Brooklynized Brooklyn says:
Swampy. The whole borough was a dump when we got here, and we've already changed it beyond recognition. And we didn't learn that from no Yankee bat boy. All of youz were still reeling from the blackout of 77 when the bohos and yuppies started buying land around here. HA. Emulate the mooks? Are you crazy, I'd be on welfare if I did that. Although I must give youz credit for one thing - you drove real prices so far into the the dirt during your delinquency here that the Chooch got a pretty sweet return in that regard. I do have your stoopit skull to thank for that I suppose.
July 20, 2013, 12:24 pm
Lothario from Los Sures says:
Chooch you racist elitist mufu alien mufu you and your hipsters aint done sheet for Brooklyn, oh except me and my hombres be gettin' busy with a lot of hipster chicks down the basketball court, so there. HA.
July 20, 2013, 12:50 pm
Juanita from Los Sures says:
Lothario you d*ckhead! TU P--TA MADRE HIJO DE P--TA JOG-R !!! I know you like white thighs and blue eyes. I know you a barbie-doll n--ga! Don't you EVAH ! EVAH ! EVAH ! ... Come up my fire escape no more!
July 20, 2013, 1 pm
Lothario from Los Sures says:
oh snap ...
July 20, 2013, 1:01 pm
Rosa Martinez from LATINA! says:
Hola Mr. Cooch-biatch! I am a proud, sexy LATINA! Why you do so stupid??? Licky licky me cojones! Be sexin' my LATINA buttocks all up in your FACE, HONEY!
July 20, 2013, 1:13 pm
the Chooch from Los Sures says:
Oh please. OH PLEASE. Now that was funny. Tell me Lothario and Juanita were not funny. The Chooch could write Latin comedy! Anyway it's a first I'm sure on the threads of Brooklyn Paper. The Chooch apologizes if it was offensive! Of course. He just has to figure out what, actually, passes for "offensive" in the comments section of Brooklyn Paper. So far, the answer to that question eludes the Chooch.
July 20, 2013, 1:50 pm
Pirscilla from Canarsie says:
Ha - stick it to those dumb spikkos! Go back to your millions Of babies In Porto rico you cheap hoochie mammas!
July 20, 2013, 3:42 pm
The Chooch from that pseudonymity most translucent and impervious says:
Scattershot. The pious retards in rhe Yankee caps and the greeezies with Crisco in their hair are on the dodge now. They're trying to make it look the Tea Party's coming over to Brooklyn Paper. Like I always said, they're tattlers. They come on tough, they get smacked, they run down to social services. It's a character flaw. The ontology of the mommy state. It is WHY we had to take over the borough.
July 20, 2013, 7:58 pm
Pickles from East Flatbush says:
Cooch - it's like they say : time to make the doughnuts.

Are you ready for it?
July 21, 2013, 4:36 am
the Chooch from from Tuscany not Napoli says:
Time to make artisanal canolli, and an offer to some more landlords around here.
July 21, 2013, 11:05 am
L.H. Puttgrass from Bloom County says:
Shoot the lawyers! More skin on HBO!
July 21, 2013, 12:06 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
I say no to these sorts of things in Transmitter Park.
July 22, 2013, 8:50 pm

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