A wannabe-magpie has commuters at Richmond train station ducking for cover after it strafed and injured four people in two separate incidents over the last fortnight.

The black-and-white bird, smaller than a magpie and possibly a magpie lark, swooped down at Meg Rayner and landed on her face as she was on her way to work just before 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

“All of a sudden I felt something sting to the left of my face and in my eye and I felt something in my hair. I realised there was a bird on my face,” a shaken Ms Rayner told Fairfax Media.

“It landed on the side of my face and it got one claw in my eye and one claw in my hair.”

Ms Rayner was standing on platform five at the time, and says the bird also had attacked a man standing nearby.

“Not a single person asked if I was OK, which was really upsetting," she said. "I was just hysterical and crying.”

Ms Rayner took herself to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

There, senior eye registrar Lana del Porto applied antiseptic to an abrasion on Ms Rayner's lower eyelid – and told her she wasn’t the only bird-related casualty to come from Richmond station in the past week.

 “There was one father and son that I saw who had a swooping injury as well within the past week," Ms del Porto said. "I can’t confirm for sure that it was the exact same bird.

While Ms Rayner has walked away with no serious injury to her eye, she does have a new fear of swoopers.

“You know how people have that fear of being swooped by birds?" she said. "I’d never had that before ... But now I’m nervous.”