Photo via Russ on Flickr
Not the hawk in question, but a red shouldered hawk nonetheless
When you walk down the driveway to your mailbox, the last thing you might expect is an aerial assault.
But one Oviedo woman experienced just that this week when a nesting hawk swooped out of the sky and attacked, leaving her bloody and wounded.
Beverly Bonadonna told WKMG
that she was taking out the trash Monday, April 24, in her Whispering Oaks neighborhood when the predatory bird knocked her to the ground, hitting the side of her head.
After screaming and fighting with the bird, it finally let go and Bonadonna's husband took her to the hospital, where doctors treated her for puncture wounds and gave her a tetanus shot.
Bonadonna isn't the only resident in the community that's been attacked.
Her neighbor Donald Cochran told WKMG he's been bombarded multiple times, most recently Sunday.
Cochran has a tree with a nest located right outside his home and has had to resort to using an umbrella when fetching his mail so the bird will leave him alone.
In February, Central Florida nesting hawks attacked golfers
at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando.
But all Florida raptors and their nests are protected under state law, so they can't be relocated from residential communities.
Instead, it's best to avoid the nests if possible. If you can't, you might want to invest in some protective headgear.