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Look Up, Fairfield! Two Bird Attacks Reported In Town

Could this be the culprit? This bird was seen in a tree on Sycamore Lane in Fairfield Monday evening.
Could this be the culprit? This bird was seen in a tree on Sycamore Lane in Fairfield Monday evening. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — No one’s spotted Alfred Hitchcock in Fairfield, but there were two bird attacks reported in town Friday, police said.

A Sturges Road woman called police around 12:30 p.m. to report that her husband needed medical attention to his scalp after he was attacked by what appeared to be a bird of prey. An officer responding to the scene said he was menaced by what he believes was the same bird, police said.

About a half hour later, police said wildlife biologist Chris Vann reported he found what looked like a large nest in a Sycamore Lane tree. Vann was called to the area after a mail carrier reported being attacked by a bird.

Sycamore is close to Sturges — as the crow flies.

It was unclear from reports whether either victim received medical attention.

Police believe a pair of birds is attempting to nest in the area and they are becoming territorial. There have been multiple reports of bird attacks around this time of year in the past, said Lt. James Perez.

“Spring doesn’t just bring warm temperatures and sunshine, but, apparently, it brings attacks by birds,” he said.

Milan Bull, senior director of science and conservation at the Connecticut Audubon Society, said that raptors have become more "habituated" to people in recent years, since they're not actively being hunted by farmers and others.

"They seem to have lost their fear of people," Bull said.

Though not all raptors are aggressive, Bull said some will be when there are eggs and chicks in the nest -- a season that extends for the next two months.

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