This PA28 instructional flight, amazingly, landed safely after collision with a Turkey Buzzard.
Bird strikes are one of those things that, seemingly pilots can do little about. However, those flying turbine aircraft have good reason to be wary as a bird up the engine(s) can be catastrophic and there have been horrific accidents, usually on takeoff, where bird ingestion has created fatal engine indigestion.
The instructor on the F-16 that loses engine on takeoff to a birdstrike is masterful in his guidance to the student. They ultimately have to resort to the Houdini seats that none of us have but a BRS parachute might help in certain circumstances.
I’ll admit to having been somewhat smug about bird encounters and have suffered little as little birds have done little or no damage to non critical parts of the piston aircraft I flew. But birds are very big deal if you happen to be in the wrong place. The University of North Dakota lost a Piper Seminole and two aviation students in 2007 after a night cross country encounter with a flock of Canada Geese. At least one bird hit the stabilator causing the aircraft to depart controlled flight in a matter of seconds and crash shortly thereafter.
Bird strikes are a bigger deal than we in the GA community generally acknowledge as 80% typically go unreported (not sure how they arrive at that number) but a few statistics: The USAF reported over 4,300 in 2004 and a 12 pound Canada goose that collides with a 150 knot aircraft will exert a force of over 1,000 pounds according to information published on the US Birdstike Committee website. The committee estimates over $600 million annual damage to aircraft.
The videos and the pictures speak for themselves.
This is another link to an airliner who caught one and lost one on takeoff.
For more info: ASF Safety Topic-Bird Hazards
I’d be curious of the circumstances surrounding your bird strikes, if any. It’s something we should discuss more.