Flight of the flightless magpie
Magpies are a common Australian black and white bird. Magpies are a contradiction to me – they warble happy songs of a morning outside my bedroom window but can also be ferocious protectors of their young in springtime, and they hate me!
They have a reputation of attacking cyclists and walkers by swooping from behind, especially if they think you are getting too close to their young. I have been known to refuse to ride my bike in magpie swooping season.
They scare me!
Our resident magpie
But this particular magpie in our garden doesn’t worry me at all. He sits on the gnarly fence post watching the world go by and doesn’t go in for all this swooping nonsense. Because he doesn’t fly at all!
I actually like him – a lot!
I found this interesting article – 10 things you may not have known about magpies and learnt a great deal.
- Magpies occupy the same territory for their entire life. Once they find a suitable patch, they will stay there forever — up to 20 years
- Scientists have done experiments using face masks and figured out magpies recognise other magpies, and people by their faces. Although that’s bad news if a magpie takes a dislike to you, they’re actually pretty easy to make friends with
- Researchers have found that once a magpie knew you and judged you to be a nice person, you would have earned a friend for life. What does that say about me as they love swooping me?????
- Magpies will often mate for life.
Fight or flight?
I’m not at all worried that he can’t take flight, this fence sitter can stay as long as he likes 🙂
Do you have an issue with birds or other wildlife you’d like to share? I daresay I’m not the only one who is scared of magpies.
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