Re: birding-aus Magpie attacks - grudges, games, or genuine defence?

Subject: Re: birding-aus Magpie attacks - grudges, games, or genuine defence?
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 23:00:22 +1000
We used to throw meat trimmings and chop-bones onto the garage roof
for the benefit of Magpies, Little Ravens,Grey Butcherbirds and the odd
passing Kookaburra and Pied Currawong. The Magpies were confiding and
would take food thrown to them in the drive. My son took to feeding them
and soon got the nesting female Magpie to take food from his hands.
  One day when he'd been working on or rather under his car in the
garage, with the door open, he thundered into the kitchen, dashed to the
fridge and started to rip off a chop-tail with filthy greasy hands. When
I asked him what he thought he was doing, he cried: "I've got the magpie
really well-trained!  She walked in under the car and pecked me to ask
for some meat!"  My comment was: "Who's training whom?"  
   Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
To unsubscribe from this list, please send a message to

Include ONLY "unsubscribe birding-aus" in the message body (without the

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU