I've been nipped by this bird. I feel famous now.It didn't hurt me at all. This bird is awesome. It has clearly established its territory but it is not a threat. At worst people might consider it an "annoyance". Considering it's only defending it's nest, I can't blame it. People gather in large numbers at this intersection to watch hapless passerbys get harassed. It's become quite a spectacle.
I have seen "Swoops" behavior for about the past 3 weeks. I work a block away on California. Probably I am one of the first ones to actively watch him/her since I have seen it every day. Used to be just me out there watching (on my smoke break) the spectacle and now there is always someone else out there. Today (6/10/09) there was channel KTSF taking pics and interviewing people. Must have been about 100 people watching "Swoops" at lunch. It looks like that there are also co-workers who are going down to the corner with their lunch and sitting across the street to take in the excitement! Also saw a couple of more TV cameras during the day. This blog is great and I love the CNN link. Go "Swoops"!!. If somebody hurts that bird and its kids in the nest, they had better watch out for the crowd that will beat the h*** out of them. It's just a bird protecting its nest (the 2nd tree from the corner).
I just saw Swoops on the News on the Swiss national television. He's fast becoming the most famous bird in the world ( I actually live in Singapore).