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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.

Mulberry 1:57 am 09 Oct 10

Make sure your daughter doesn’t looser her stick… the dogs will live… jeezus!

p1 6:59 pm 07 Oct 10

Snakeman said :

We had one last week and it killed off 2,000 frozen mice and rats in the freezer … ouch!

You keep frozen live mice and rats? Weird…

vg 6:29 pm 07 Oct 10

“VG, you do get a bit worked up about a bird don’t you. It’s scary to think you are allowed to carry a handgun in your day job…….”

What are you talking about?

Snakeman 5:48 pm 07 Oct 10

Funky Claude said :

“Perhaps you should reevaluate living in Australia. If the magpies don`t get your daughter, than the red backs, funnel webs, centipedes, flotilla of snake species, sharks, jellyfish, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, crocodiles, buffaloes and if the Darwin newspapers are to believed, horny kangaroos will.”

tastrojax added
“ch, no dingoes? the seventh day adventists will be on to you about this. and you could add collingwood players…”

Can I add a few things as well.
I am a snake catcher and do kids reptile parties with venomous snakes, crocodiles, etc, for a living and I can tell you that in the real world, they are hardly a risk at all!
Playing with them daily for over 40 years, including world’s five deadliest snakes and I am still here!
Things that ARE dangerous and scare me are bent cops carrying guns, drunken drivers, speed and red-light cameras, ASIO spooks and power cuts!
We had one last week and it killed off 2,000 frozen mice and rats in the freezer … ouch!
PS We’ve used frozen road-killed magpies in the past to feed the snakes, but gave up when my daughter told me she was a “magpies” supporter…
All the best
Snakeman

astrojax 1:14 pm 07 Oct 10

Funky Claude said :

Perhaps you should reevaluate living in Australia. If the magpies don`t get your daughter, than the red backs, funnel webs, centipedes, flotilla of snake species, sharks, jellyfish, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, crocodiles, buffaloes and if the Darwin newspapers are to believed, horny kangaroos will.

tch, no dingoes? the seventh day adventists will be on to you about this. and you could add collingwood players…

Grail 12:22 pm 07 Oct 10

For what it’s worth, I have three hens free-ranging in my backyard, and have no magpies around. So perhaps get some chooks to drive the magpies out?

Other than that, bribery does work – my parents’ place used to have upwards of 20 friendly magpies visiting since people in the neighbourhood were in the habit of offering them treats. One or two would swoop during the worst part of their nesting season, but most of them would bring their fledglings around to visit the nice humans (still extremely protective, but they’d bring them around to the good feeding spots all the same).

Jim Jones 9:57 am 07 Oct 10

DeadlySchnauzer said :

I’m not saying we should go out and kill all magpies, simply that parents worried about the safety of their kids deserve a bit more respect than “ha ha you so stoopid”. It’s all about taking appropriate measures to mitigate potential risks.

Here’s a tip – it’s not about you. Go back and look at the posts by vg and (here’s a tip) the responses to those posts, and you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on.

I think you’ll find that *almost* everyone here actually agrees with your stated position.

DeadlySchnauzer 9:31 am 07 Oct 10

This thread is awesome. I’m not saying we should go out and kill all magpies, simply that parents worried about the safety of their kids deserve a bit more respect than “ha ha you so stoopid”. It’s all about taking appropriate measures to mitigate potential risks.
You wouldn’t walk through a dark alley at 2am in civic (well maybe you would) even thou the chances of something actually happening are very small, and likewise you shouldn’t just dismiss magpies swooping kids as all a bit of fun.

So once again for the OP benefit, here is the TAMS link which has actual useful information: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/play/pcl/wildlife/local/livingwithmagpies

Also i don’t like your shoes.

AngryHenry 9:20 am 07 Oct 10

Jethro said :

When I was a child I was regularly attacked by Magpies and Plovers. This was the result of my poorly educated peasants only being able to afford raising me on the suburban rim of Brisbane (present day middle suburbs), where wildlife still had a foothold.

I would rather be attacked by 1000 Magpies than a pair of nesting Plovers…. those evil hell-birds will chase a child until he thinks he is going to pass out from exhaustion and then force him to keep running for another couple of k’s. Most plovers will film their attacks and post them on youtube , so that their Plover friends can laugh at the fearful reaction of the child. These birds are so evil that the mere sound of their war-cry in flight is enough to send a child running for a hidey-hole, in a manner similar to the Vietcong when hearing the Ride of the Valkyries being played from the helicopter of a slightly unhinged Colonel. There are urban legends that these birds are armed with spurs on their wings. Unfortunately, these legends are true.

So, in answer to your question. Take your child for a walk through a field populated by nesting plovers. The terror they experience will be such that the fear-factor of a Magpie attack will be so diminished that they will face their black and white adversary in a manner that can only be described as cocksure.

Jethro! Funniest thing I have read all week! Awesome!!!

sirocco 9:16 am 07 Oct 10

p1 said :

sirocco said :

…they’ll put up warning signs a few metres either side of the danger-spot (? swooping zone? whatever)…

Call it the Danger Zone and hum the Topgun theme, then make fighter-plane engine noises as they swoop….

Bwahahahahahaha! I am SO doing that next time it happens – and I’ll imagine it’s Capt RAAF sitting in the magpie’s navigator’s seat :p

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