Geese were called evil, vicious and jerks online after the news that a goose attacked an Ottawa cyclist, sending her to hospital.

But Ottawa birder Jeff Skevington says while geese do become aggressive when their goslings hatch, serious attacks are not common.

You can listen to his conversation with Ottawa Morning's Stu Mills below and scroll through our recap of some of the reaction we received.

Click here for a mobile link to our Storify of some of the Twitter reaction.