Since my recent, intimate contact with chiggers, I have taken a break from my daily routine and skipped my morning and/or afternoon walks. Today, still ate-up with chigger bites, I decided to get back on routine and go for my morning walk. In the morning, I usually like to walk around a nearby city park. The park has a 1-mile track around it, in some places paved, and in others, hard pack dirt and gravel.
I decided to get 2 miles in this morning, alternating jogging and walking as I please. When I had just about completed a mile, I noticed a woman ahead of me doing some kind of interpretive dance. She had a large dog with her, it appeared to be a white lab. As I got closer, I began to sense that it was not a dog at all, more likely it was a trans-chicken in a dogs body, and the woman was not dancing, she was ducking and running for safety.
The woman and the trans-chicken were passing a mockingbird's nest and momma bird was not happy about their proximity. She was dive-bombing the woman and attacking the chicken. The two victims were bobbing and weaving, jumping and turning, crouching and crawling to escape the killa mockingbirds fierce beak and claws. She ducked to her left, lurched to her right, and practically rolled forward to get out of range of the demonic bird who followed her 20 to 30 feet.
Having finally escaped their tormentor, the woman and the chicken-in-a-dog's-body approached me. Dumbfounded, she asked, "Did you see THAT?!? Have you EVER seen ANYTHING like it???" Of course I had seen scenes like this in movies and on animal planet, but I perceived that was not the answer she wanted to hear, so I said, "No. I have never seen anything like that."
I continued on my way and passed the bird. She didn't take any action--didn't even threaten me. Maybe she was just trans-phobic.