bedlam (briefly) at Hawker ovals

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Subject: bedlam (briefly) at Hawker ovals
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:28:36 +1000

I recall suggestions that magpies are more aggressive to dogs of a particular colour.  Now if we all pooled information about our experiences along those lines, we might even have something publishable in an appropriate place.


My white dog has been swooped more than my black dog, but as I remember the totality of swoops was 3, and the white dog is the larger, possibly swaggers more (or used to in its swaggering days), and I think the same magpie was involved on each occasion, so it could have been a matter of personal bias.


From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Friday, 20 July 2012 4:10 PM
To: 'Barbara Allan';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] bedlam (briefly) at Hawker ovals


Good question. Could it be relevant that the dogs were (I am guessing) close to people and the fox was not? Just an idea.........




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From: Barbara Allan [
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Subject: [canberrabirds] bedlam (briefly) at Hawker ovals

After the worst of the frost the corgi and I headed out on one of our regular beats around Hawker ovals. We enjoyed a few somewhat unusual sightings for the area, namely a pair of Scarlet Robins and a male Golden Whistler, saw a magpie putting the finishing touches to its nest, enjoyed watching the “regulars” and socialising with other dogs and dog-walkers. Then all hell broke loose. A fox swaggered its way up the path and was set upon by a posse of magpies, currawongs and miners. Encouraged by the bedlam, one of the dogs gave chase. The fox was last seen beating a decidedly rapid retreat up Delamere St. The thing that particularly interested me in this episode was the birds’ ability to differentiate between a fox and the domestic dogs, who were quite ignored by the angry mob. b

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