Noisy Miners imitating Magpies

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Subject: Noisy Miners imitating Magpies
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 96 13:12:27 +60000
Back on 27 September, I posted a note on my local Noisy Miners being very 
aggressive this year.  The reason is now clear!

In previous years the miners nested in a 60 foot gum tree in next door's yard. 
 Since 27 September I've found (to my dismay) that the miners took up nesting 
in one of my cypresses (cupressus sempervirens) near my back door - hence the 
mere act of walking out the back got them going.

Last Saturday 2 November I was out the back when the fledgling came out of the 
nest near me - the adult Noisy Miners weren't happy about this at all. The 
young one could fly about three feet horizontally but couldn't get any lift.  
I watched as it scrambled about a bit in my bushes and left it alone, but 
about 20 minutes later it was sitting in the middle of the lawn and, as much 
as I'm not a fan of Noisy Miners, I didn't want next door's cat getting this 
immature bird.

So I picked it up and put it in my wattle tree.  Picked it up - you can image 
the adult miners' ballistic reaction to this - lots of divebombing and alarm 
calls and I again felt their wings through my hair.  A while later the 
fledgling was again out in the open so again I picked it up and put it in my 
wattle tree.  This time a single peck to the back of my head - the only time 
an adult miner made real contact.

As it was a sunny afternoon, "my" Blue-tongue Lizard wanted to come out for 
some sunbaking.  No way - the miners even harassed the lizard.  What an racket 
of an afternoon.

By very late afternoon, the fledgling was doing better at flying, now being 
able to fly upwards and was at the top of the wattle tree and under reasonable 
cover.  I was now happy that it was safe, the adult miners were more 
comfortable and the lizard even got an hour's sunbaking in.  Peace was 

The next day, peace continued to reign and there was no sign of the fledgling 
- the adult miners were staying more around next door's gum tree rather than 
my yard and I presume that the fledgling ended up there.

I will be watching next year to discourage the miners from nesting in my 

Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW

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