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Kamikaze Magpie Under Seige

rosebud 2 October 2008 46

Allied Forces (ACT Parks people) were today seen mounting a counter attack to rid fair Ainslie of the Magpie menace that has terrorised local residents for the last four weeks. 

“He’s mad!” said one frightened resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. 

“The last month has been terrible. I can’t put on me lotto or have a cold one at Edgars because ol’ Yamamoto dives bombs me everytime I leave the house,” said another victim of this indiscriminate winged terror.

Parks officers confirmed there had been a recent flurry of phone calls to the Magpie Hotline.

“You one of them that called the hotline?” ranger lady enquired when this eye-witness slowed the car to take a gander at the crime scene.

“No, but he went me the other day. I think he wanted to take me eye out!” I confirmed.

“We’ll try our best Ma’am,” stated the second officer. 

I am sure I speak for all peace loving citizens of Ainslie when I wish them good luck and good hunting (for the tree huggers, they were actually trying to capture it in a cage – not sure how that will go. Do they maybe have a minature cyclist in there?).


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Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:31 pm 03 Oct 08

LOL never had THAT happen. Over on the south-west slopes they call them “happy families”. They really are like skinny chooks – I love them, even though they make just as much mess of your garden mulch. Had a family of 5 (then 9) at our house on the Woomargama Station…

Thumper Thumper 12:03 pm 03 Oct 08

Choughs (Chuffs) don’t dive bomb you.

Instead they come running out of the bushes like small black roadrunners and peck your ankles.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 11:35 am 03 Oct 08

“You’re not thinking of Choughs? Slightly smaller than a crow, white patches on their wings but much smaller slightly curved beak and small red eyes.”

Nope – know the difference between a chough and a crow. (Like double the body size for starters…)

caf caf 9:26 am 03 Oct 08

There’s plenty of those Noisy Friars around Corroboree Park.

baueran baueran 9:18 am 03 Oct 08

Some people are f***** – leave the poor things alone!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:03 am 03 Oct 08

Bike riders can still take other precautions, full faced helmets and the like, but peoples vanity seems to prevent them doing so

You ARE kidding right PsydFX? Newt bright idea you’ll have is for all cyclists to wear motorbike helmets! I can’t even start to imagine breathing and staying at a reasonable temperature commuting on a bike at this time of year.

Sorry PsydFX, but your “full faced helmet” idea is quite hair-brained!

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 9:00 am 03 Oct 08

“…just be thankful that we don’t have bears or cougars to deal with…”

Or these. Now that’s a nasty-looking little sucker.

Davo111 Davo111 7:12 pm 02 Oct 08

i love the image.

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 5:47 pm 02 Oct 08

Leave them be and just be thankful that we don’t have bears or cougars to deal with I say.

PsydFX PsydFX 5:12 pm 02 Oct 08

imarty said :

“That seems a little unreasonable – killing something because for a short period every year it protects its own nest”
Not really if it presents such a danger as to distract bike riders that they may crash or worse still, run into the path of a car. I equate my thinking on this as to advice frequently given as to hitting a kangaroo when driving a car, far more accidents and injuries occur through people swerving to avoid the kangaroo. Better to hit it.

Bike riders can still take other precautions, full faced helmets and the like, but peoples vanity seems to prevent them doing so – as has been indicated in comments.

It’s their habitat, leave them to do what they do naturally.

imarty imarty 4:46 pm 02 Oct 08

You’re not thinking of Choughs? Slightly smaller than a crow, white patches on their wings but much smaller slightly curved beak and small red eyes. Commonly found in family groups fossicking through leaf litter
http://photogallery.canberrabirds.org.au/ravens_chough_bowerbird.htm

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:32 pm 02 Oct 08

I’m no twitcher, but…

Crow/raven:
http://www.ozanimals.com/Bird/Australian-Raven/Corvus/coronoides.html
Althought there are a few other species, I don’t recall any with white patches – mainly size and eye colour differences.

Currawong (white patches on wings):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currawong

Will be consulting my field guide when I get home I think.

peterh peterh 4:18 pm 02 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

I watched a crow (Australian Raven) ‘talk’ with a 3yo girl for about 10 minutes the other day. The crow’s mimickry was brilliant. Amazing to watch.

I was talking about the european crow, not the australian raven (they have big white patches on their wings)

have a few ravens here, and a colony of black cockatoos, corellas, some fruit bats come in summer, kambah seems to be an ok place to be a bird. and i knew spring was on the way when i heard the small bat calls last night.

Loose Brown Loose Brown 4:14 pm 02 Oct 08

Beautiful writing Rosebud! Thanks.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 4:08 pm 02 Oct 08

I watched a crow (Australian Raven) ‘talk’ with a 3yo girl for about 10 minutes the other day. The crow’s mimickry was brilliant. Amazing to watch.

Man…the crazy stuff that goes on in Gungahlin! 😛 Pretty cool tho

imarty imarty 4:08 pm 02 Oct 08

“That seems a little unreasonable – killing something because for a short period every year it protects its own nest”
Not really if it presents such a danger as to distract bike riders that they may crash or worse still, run into the path of a car. I equate my thinking on this as to advice frequently given as to hitting a kangaroo when driving a car, far more accidents and injuries occur through people swerving to avoid the kangaroo. Better to hit it.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:05 pm 02 Oct 08

I watched a crow (Australian Raven) ‘talk’ with a 3yo girl for about 10 minutes the other day. The crow’s mimickry was brilliant. Amazing to watch.

peterh peterh 3:22 pm 02 Oct 08

PsydFX said :

imarty said :

I do agree however with euthanasia for those particularly aggressive ones that actually make contact. The danger they present outweighs the need to protect them and they’re hardly endangered.

That seems a little unreasonable – killing something because for a short period every year it protects its own nest.

but it sadly has to happen on occasion. suburbs are a battlefield with magpies defending their territory, crows starting to appear – I will chuck rocks at those buggers, and the ever present currawong, crow of the native animals.

PsydFX PsydFX 2:55 pm 02 Oct 08

imarty said :

I do agree however with euthanasia for those particularly aggressive ones that actually make contact. The danger they present outweighs the need to protect them and they’re hardly endangered.

That seems a little unreasonable – killing something because for a short period every year it protects its own nest.

rosebud rosebud 2:49 pm 02 Oct 08

caf said :

rosebud: You might (or might not) be interested to know that Yamamoto was an Admiral, not a pilot.

I’m certainly no military historian. But I am pretty sure that he was pretty important to the development of naval aviation.

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