Falcon attacks Texas mailman
ABILENE, Texas (CNN) -- Forget rain or sleet or gloom of night. One mail carrier can add falcons to his motto. A postal worker in Texas has to dodge the birds of prey in order to complete his appointed rounds.
Brendaliss Gonzales has his story.
Delivering mail has become a daily mission.
To avoid this.
“All of a sudden I felt a big old thump on my head, almost knocked me down.”
For the past two weeks Ron Eudy has had to step into this battlefield.
Its a block along his mail delivery route where a group of falcons have marked him as a predator.
“It’s a thump I promise you and luckily it hits me in the head and it’s a bang, it ain’t just a little thump.”
Neighbors along the block have become his allies.
“I said look out Ronnie here he comes again and bam you could hear him hit the top of his hat.
The birds don’t seem to bother anyone else- just Eudy and only when he wears a specific hat.
So now he comes prepared.
“I switched hats and when I wear this blue one they don’t come after me, so it’s something about this white helmet. I don’t really know what it is.”
“Now this is what those falcons are really trying to protect.
No it’s not just the tree, but a nest they’ve built there.”
Eudy doesn’t see the birds as enemies.
In fact, he’s actually grown quite fond of them.
“You know they’re taking care of that baby that’s up there in the nest, they’re just doing their natural thing.”
Which may be a good thing, because they’ve seem to have become a part of the neighborhood.
“I’d like to leave them just where they are. They’re a beautiful piece of nature and they’re good rodent control they’re not harming anything and its a nice little scenic thing to see.”
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to see wildlife right in your backyard.”
Neighbors say they’re leaving the nest right where it is.. And the mail carrier says he’ll just make sure he has that blue hat.