I run (though not fast). Which means I sometimes run down by the Mississippi River (when I'm going LONG).
I do not like red-winged blackbirds and here is why: I almost was killed (OK, slight exaggeration) by a danged red-winged blackbird. A couple of years ago I was running along River Drive when one of those killer birds swooped down at me, startling me INTO River Drive. No cars were coming at that time but it was a close call.
Beware of the dreaded red-winged blackbird!