Taking a stroll across the UT campus? Beware the grackles.
No, not in the “they’ll steal your sandwich” or the “what’s that on your shoulder?” sense, but as in they will straight up try to take you down.
Nesting grackles on the UT campus have become aggressive enough that UT’s Environmental Health & Safety has warned pedestrians to not approach baby birds and to even consider taking alternate routes.
Moses Buchele, public radio reporter at KUT, tweeted a photo of a flyer:
That’s one crazy-eyed grackle on the warning, but do you really need to walk around a few birds? Maybe so.
A 2005 Houston Chronicle story describes a series of grackle attacks downtown that left several pedestrians shaken and one lawyer bloodied.
"They were just going crazy," said one deputy constable quoted in the story. "They were attacking everybody that walked by."
Grackles are boisterous, omnivorous and opportunistic and are often considered pests that are difficult to control.