It almost looks like Toronto's filming it's very own sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. A red-winged blackbird in Toronto is dive-bombing unsuspecting residents on a regular basis and it now has its own TikTok account. Dive Bomber Dave is truly a public menace.
Toronto having problems with red-winged blackbirds is not new.
Back in 2018, the city was even having to put up signs to warn residents that one of the birds was strongly defending its nest.
And a year ago, in June 2019, reports resurfaced of a particularly aggressive red-winged blackbird attacking Torontonians from above in Liberty Village.
It seems the problem hasn't gone away. In fact, it's now going viral.
This week, a TikTok account named DiveBomberDave has sprung up, to rave reviews from the public.
The account posts videos, apparently all filmed from the same high vantage point, of "Dave" the red-winged blackbird taking out his frustrations on unsuspecting walkers.
At the time of writing, the account has 23 videos all posted within the last day or two.
The first video, uploaded earlier this week has over 650,000 views already.
The clips all have plenty of things in common. An angry divebombing bird, a totally confused Torontonian, and a slightly sheepish look around before the person continues walking.
With its mixture of violence, jaunty music, nature, and scared humans, commenters on the various videos are already describing DiveBomberDave as the greatest TikTok account of all.
And who are we to argue?
"Truly this is the best thing I’ve ever found and I love you so much for this content," reads one approving comment on the most recently posted video.
"OMG, I’m crying laughing watching these. Thank you for documenting Dave’s adventures," added a third.
An ornithologist with the Royal Ontario Museum told CP24 last year that the bird is almost certainly protecting its nest.
"If you get too close, then he will swoop down and he may flutter by your head and occasionally he may hit you by mistake and maybe even on purpose but the real goal is to just get people to move away,” Mark Peck said in June 2019.
For what it's worth, Peck described a red-winged blackbird as weighing about the same as a tennis ball with feathers, and suggests it shouldn't hurt too much to be divebombed by him.
Even so, you'd probably want to avoid it if possible.
Keep your head up, Toronto!