Noisy Miners imitating Magpies

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Subject: Noisy Miners imitating Magpies
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 96 17:26:38
For a number of years I've had a family of Noisy Miners living in a large gum 
tree near my house.  They have bred before but have given me no particular 

This year however, they have been amazingly cheeky, copying magpies by 
swooping down near my head, silently approaching me from behind.  They come so 
close that I feel their wing feathers touch my hair, and they clap their bills 
in a series of snapping sounds.  They give a bit of a scare as they are quiet 
on approach, and are cunning enough to come from behind.  I don't think they 
would go for my eyes or face, but their behaviour this year is certainly 
different and hugely more aggressive.

I was starting to get a bit used to it, when I had some builders come to put 
up a new fence.  It was funny seeing a burly muscly builder run from a Noisy 

I'm off for three glorious weeks leave - see you when I get back and hopefully 
I'll be able to report on the many new lifers I've seen.

Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW

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