Westlake, OH (CNN) - The 'IT' Richard Varvir of Westlake, OH is talking about is a Hawk.
In fact, it's probably either this hawk perched on a branch, or this one sitting in the nest in the large tree in the varvir's front yard.
"When it hit me, I put my hand on my head and I was bleeding," said Richard.
According to the University of Wisconsin, Hawks have been known to attack people when they get too close to their young in the nest.
The Varvirs feel in this case the nest was built a bit too close to people.
So now Richard has to be cautious when he goes outside, "Now it's gotten to the point when I walk out to the mailbox I don't know if that thing's watching me or not."
Richard now carries an umbrella outside, or he wears this helmet when he mows the lawn.
According to Purdue University, Hawks tend to return to the same area each spring to nest.
The varvir's say next year this tree won't be here. They also want others to be careful around Hawk nests in their area and not to ruffle any feathers.
"My biggest fear is if a child walks out here and i wouldn't want to see that happen," said Richard.
All Hawks and all Raptors are federally protected so it is illegal to disturb their nests or harm the birds in any way.
Back to the golden rule of nature - if you leave them alone, they should leave you alone.
WJW via CNN News Source