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Feeding the birds? Fun or folly?

By johnboy - 9 October 2012 28

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Petrie Plaza’s bird woman had the full attention of Civic’s avian population this lunchtime.

But I do worry for anyone coming along later without intending to feed the birds.

Harmless fun or a bad idea? Your thoughts?

What’s Your opinion?


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Antagonist 6:46 pm 11 Oct 12

Overheard said :

I’ve reached that time in my life where if I see people by the lake feeding the ducks and swans with processed bread I’ll utlra-politely inform them of the shocking lack of wild-growing White Hi-Fibre Family Loaf.

Don’t be offended if, sooner or later, sombeody ultra-politely tells you to f#%$ off.

I was happily enjoying my lunch outside the library at UC on Tuesday when a magpie came up to say hello. I made a point of keeping a small piece of ham from my sanger to give to him/her after I had finished eating. I stood up, gave the youngster the piece of ham and proceeded to walk away. The other students in the area sh!t their pants when about 10 magpies came tearing in looking for their share. Freakin hilarious 🙂

Mysteryman 5:41 pm 11 Oct 12

PM said :

My good friend likes to feed the birds. I don’t.

But I’ll never forget the time we were on a rooftop beer garden and the publican came over to politely ask him to not feed his chips to the birds.

My friend’s response was that he’d paid for the chips so he could do with them what he liked.

The reaction from the publican was priceless 🙂

I hope the publican told your friend to leave the premises. I would have.

m@ 10:35 am 11 Oct 12

Those magpies in Petrie Plaza were pretty aggressive a while back, swooping and flapping in your face then trying to snatch food from your hand… They don’t seem as bad now, which makes me wonder if some of the worst offenders have been ‘relocated’.

Holditz 5:55 pm 10 Oct 12

I would suggest the only time to feed wild birds is to feed potentially dangerour magpies during the swooping season. Magpies are intelligent birds and will remember those who are kind to it. Feeding these birds will show you show no harm and are friendly. Obviously don’t feed magpies that show no inclination of swooping, such as the nesting pair near my house. They’re pretty cool with the locals, with a park and playground next door and plenty of human and dog activity going on.

Pitchka 3:55 pm 10 Oct 12

Gantz said :

Pitchka said :

Most people will whinge that they are pests, you cant eat without them surrounding you blah blah, so feeding them food that could ultimately kill them is a win win isnt it.

Why are you being surrounded when eating? I want to think you know why. Sit in the corner, give it a little thought, I will give you permission to read over the thread, see if you can understand what is being said.

I for one, love the attention our feathered friends bring… I shall continue feeding them the jalapeno’s and spanish onions those silly sandwich artists from Subway keep putting into my footlong despite my asking them not to…

I often wait till all the birds congregate close to my feet, at which point i close my eyes, slowly raise my arms and scream “Arrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”… The birds shit themselves (pardon the pun) Its not long till the local hotties in there short tight mini skirts flashing their APS name tags look over, at which point i start throwing winks and kisses willy nilly.

Say hi next time wont you.

astrojax 2:08 pm 10 Oct 12

TallBoy said :

FioBla said :

Teach homeless how to catch birds and cook them. It’s the Ciiiiircle of Liiiife.

Charity (to animals), fat fed animals, personal responsibility, no regulations, less waste. It’s all win win win.

Ahh yes… Give a homeless man a bird and he eats for a day. Teach a homeless man to catch birds and he eats for a lifetime… Some day we’ll all look back and wonder why this wasn’t done sooner.

give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. teach a man to fish and he’ll kick back with his mates knocking back stubbies in the sun as often as he can escape the missus and billies… 🙂

Gantz 11:45 am 10 Oct 12

Pitchka said :

Most people will whinge that they are pests, you cant eat without them surrounding you blah blah, so feeding them food that could ultimately kill them is a win win isnt it.

Why are you being surrounded when eating? I want to think you know why. Sit in the corner, give it a little thought, I will give you permission to read over the thread, see if you can understand what is being said.

Pitchka 11:14 am 10 Oct 12

Most people will whinge that they are pests, you cant eat without them surrounding you blah blah, so feeding them food that could ultimately kill them is a win win isnt it.

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