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Swooping Magpies?

By Blosemvale 6 October 2010 90

My Daughter catches the bus to and  from school every day and we have a long driveway (200m), and every day she has to walk with a stick held straight above her head so she can get to and from the house.

I have watched this maggie and I don’t know how to stop him from going after my daughter, (or the dogs).

So if anyone has any ideas let me know?


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Bananabanana 9:24 pm 18 Oct 10

p1 thanks for the photos, I love the “not enjoying the rain” one.

Racmif 11:05 am 18 Oct 10

My family and I were attacked by a vicious magpie every morning for six weeks. When we let the bird out of the house, though, he didn’t bother us after that.

Captain RAAF 8:57 am 18 Oct 10

Jim Jones said :

Pommy bastard said :

Buy your daughter a tennis racquet.

Perhaps it’s best *not* to teach children that cruelty to animals is appropriate.

If it’s death is instantaneous, it’s not cruel as it won’t feel any pain whatsoever!

Love – 15!

DBCooper 8:37 am 18 Oct 10

Might be worth looking into Alphachloralose paste.

“Alphachloralose is not a poison but a narcotic and therefore acts by anaesthetising the brain rather than killing. All the essential bodily functions are unaffected; the bird is merely stupefied”

I have never used it myself. I know how you feel I went through a period where some birds (not magpies) were getting a little pushy it was horrible,I felt powerless…..backed into a corner I had no choice but to battle these animals via remote control .223 (when they landed far away) and with a 12 gauge (mid flight). I didn’t know about the paste back then. I hope they quit causing trouble and leave your daughter alone.

Hells_Bells74 3:21 pm 14 Oct 10

Firstly, I adore all birds and has become total second nature to me now to stop and talk to any bird I see. Just to see what they’re up and show ’em some respect.. Except magpies in spring, I totally understand their need to protect, so I just keep my eye on them but go about my business. The rest of the year they are lovely companions.
I don’t overly feed them, maybe if I’m in a park eating or something.

I have only been swooped once and it was at Hall oval where the woolshed was (’84), I was much more aware after that and made sure to scope my surroundings.

But I have to say, some of the people I’ve walked with or talked with are absolutely shit-scared of most birds, especially maggies. Lord knows the birds know this, they really think birds are stupid. I think not! Brilliant by design are birds, can’t always say the same for humans.

Just talk/feed/be kind to them when they’re in good moods and come breeding season you will have a bond and I liked the idea about being a moving sock puppet. They really don’t like attacking creatures that could positively identify them in a police line-up 🙂

Jim Jones 2:57 pm 14 Oct 10

Maybe your daughter could call the police every morning and they could tase the sh1t out of the magpie?

astrojax 2:15 pm 14 Oct 10

schmeah said :

Just buy your daughter a horse drawn carriage to get to school in, that’ll help.

not an open top one, but!

AngryHenry 2:13 pm 14 Oct 10

schmeah said :

Why isn’t anyone asking why you have such an absurdly long driveway? 200 meters? Who and what are you, Lord of Canberra AO? Just buy your daughter a horse drawn carriage to get to school in, that’ll help.

Because we’re over it.

schmeah 2:03 pm 14 Oct 10

Why isn’t anyone asking why you have such an absurdly long driveway? 200 meters? Who and what are you, Lord of Canberra AO? Just buy your daughter a horse drawn carriage to get to school in, that’ll help.

3Jane 10:34 pm 09 Oct 10

PBO said :

I’m afraid homeschool is the only solution if your child is that soft, I would recommend some cotton wool but apparently that is a gateway object to becoming a junkie.

Or you could always drive her the length of the driveway.

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