Back in the old days, we had to buzz the cattle off the runway out at Matagorda before landing. Good times.
When I worked for Continental Express, two of us had to clean goose guts and feathers off a plane during the time on the ground. NOT something I'd want to do again. During certain times of the year, we regularly warned the incoming crew to watch out for geese in the area of approach to 12L. The Geese were VFR and NOT in communication with anybody. One first officer told me they were so thick when they took off from the feeding ground just off the airport boundary, they looked like smoke. We were fortunate we had no serious damage from bird strikes.
Last time I flew we were on a short base for 12R and had to watch out for a whole damn flock of 'em heading north out over 12L/30R.
That'll ruin your day.
maybe our enemies should have been using birds rather than missiles.