"All of a sudden I felt a big old thump on my head, almost knocked me down," said Ron Eudy, a U.S. Postal Service mailman who's attacked by a group of falcons every day during his route along a south Abilene block.
For the past two weeks Ron Eudy has had to step into the battlefield.
It's a block along his mail delivery route where a group of falcons have marked him as a predator.
"It's a thump, I promise you. And luckily it hits me in the head and it's a bang, it ain't just a little thump," said Eudy.
Neighbors along the block have become his allies.
"I said 'Look out Ronnie, here he comes again,' and you could hear him hit the top of his hat," said Marvin Smith, one of the homeowners along the block.
The birds don't seem to bother anyone else, just Eudy and only when he wears a specific hat, so now he comes prepared.
"I switched hats and when I wear this blue one they don't come after me so it's something about this hat. I don't really know what it is," said the mailman of 26 years.
The falcons are really trying to protect a nest they've built inside a tree in front of one of the homes along the block.
Eudy doesn't see the birds as enemies, but has actually grown quite fond of them.
"You know they're taking care of that baby that's up there in the nest. They're just doing their natural thing," he said.
Which may be good, because they seem to have become a part of the neighborhood.
"I'd like to leave them just where they are. They're a beautiful piece of nature and they're good rodent control. They're not harming anything and it's a nice little scenic thing to see," said Karl Muench, the owner of the home with the tree where the falcons have made their nest.
"It's a wonderful thing to be able to see wildlife right in your backyard," said Smith.