The magpies are actually attacking…

In a previous post I wrote about a swooping magpie.  When the magpies are swooping!  (Click on this blue heading and it will take you to it).

Today, for no other reason than to tell a quick story, that same magpie actually bit my husband’s ear!

Ben arrived home last Friday and said “Are there any marks on my ear, and is it bleeding?”

It was ‘yes’ to both! We could see where the beak had snapped and then actually cut! Impressive when the maggie had to fly in low and get under the helmet on an angle!

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We decided Ben had been brave and that yes swooping magpies are really something to be a little scared about and yes it is ok to be scared of dangerous things!

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8 thoughts on “The magpies are actually attacking…

  1. Nice blog Mum! I like the picture of the magpie getting down low at the bike rider!
    Love Noah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Find the hugs

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  2. I really had to smile at this latest blog. Yes, they are very, very clever. Yesterday, I was standing on a ladder under a mulberry tree picking mulberries about 100 metres from my back door. It seems that we now have magpies on a neighbouring property with a nest in a large eucalypt tree about 200 metres from the back of our house. Almost every day, they swoop down at us, and when I was under the mulberry tree, they seemed to swoop quite close to me. An electrician visiting told me to feed them with some meat, and they might become friends. He also told me that they are territorial, and each year as young ones are born, the family increases so that a number of them guard the young. I think the eggs take about 3 weeks to hatch!
    So it looks like we have a few more weeks of fun!!!

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    • Yes you need to be VERY aware of swooping magpies. People have lost eyes when attacked. When our children were young we were advised that they could wear icecream containers on their heads with eyes painted on top of them. This was to scare off the magpies. This was before the days of bike helmets. Later, my husband experienced attacks from a persistant magpie, who swooped him every day as he rode to work. He protected himself by wearing close fitting sunglasses, eyes painted on the back of his bike helmet, and by carrying a small stick to beat it away.Being aware and protecting yourself is wisdom not fear.
      Jeanne

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  3. More about magpies. During wind-storms the baby magpies can fall out of the nest. A young neighbour of ours, rescued and reared one of these lost and featherless babies.. In fact all the neighbours took their turns in the feeding and nurturing process of “Number 44″( as he was named), because as he grew bigger, he would run squawking loudly,to visit each neighbour, until he was fed. Everyone made sure they posed for a photo with him! One day after we fed him, he fell fast asleep. He had ignored the nice nest we made of old blankets, preferring to perch on the top rail of a chair, and there he dozed peacefully, standing on one leg! He became more and more independent, until he at last “Number 44” disappeared out into the world. He’s probably out swooping now!!

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  4. P.S. In reference to a previous comment I made about my husbands efforts to scare away the magpie, please interpret the word “beat” as in “shooing” or “waving away” the swooping magpie–certainly not meant as in “making physical contact”. Wow—- how we need to be careful with words–if we don’t wish to be misunderstood. We still love magpies, just hope the swooping season will soon be over.

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  5. I need to update my story to report that almost every day now, one of the magpies guarding and defending the nest is having great fun trying to scare us. As soon as I or my husband walk a short distance from our back door, his very sharp eyes has us in his sights. From a distance of about 100 metres, the black faced magpie flies speedily through the air, aiming at one of us, and when it is about 4 metres above our head, he stretches out his wings, flaps them, clicks his beak and dive bombs swooping through the air like a rocket! Today, in a period of 15 mins. he made six aerial non contact attacks!
    I complained to the neighbour and he said to me “He’s not aggressive toward us. They have been laying eggs and raising their chicks in that gum tree for the past ten years”.
    So far, he hasn’t made contact with either of us, but we are using an umbrella and waving sticks in the air to let him know that his aggressive behaviour is not welcome! Apparently, we shouldn’t wear orange/yellow or purple! So at the moment, the conflict continues. I am not sure how long it will be before we can make friends, live in harmony, sharing the same space!!! I will have to think of ways to make peace!!!

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