unwelcome living room visitor

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Subject: unwelcome living room visitor
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:24:09 +1100 (AUS Eastern Daylight Time)
I have both a large fish net and a butterfly net for such occasions. Many
birds fly into our sunroom at the back and try to escape through the large
window getting trapped behind the lounges.
-------Original Message-------
From: Arwen B. Ximenes
Date: 13/10/2008 2:03:46 PM
Subject: unwelcome living room visitor
Hi all,
Here's my story of how I got rid of one this morning.
I was running late due to a stubborn toddler this morning (as all mornings)
and was mid bag gathering when a dark shape flitted across my peripheral
vision and there was an almighty WUMP on our living room window. Spinning
round I see a magpie flying away from the window - towards us! After
screaming, the panic set in and after that the toddler was eliminated from
the room (relatively gently) and front door opened. But now what? Magpie
alternating escape attempts between both living room windows and kitchen
window which had all been cleaned on the weekend for the first time ever -
ah! - ok, shut blinds. Magpie caught between stereo and wall - beak open,
panting in its own panic. Looks fine, no broken leg or injured wing yet from
what I can tell. Right, now for desperate measures - move speaker, shoo
maggie out, hold up blanket as high as possible and pretend to be moving
wall. WOW, IT WORKS!! Maggie out the door in no time. I'm sure you all could
have told me that but when you've got a magpie whirling round your house it
s hard to think straight. It probably got at least 10 hits into windows and
looked very stressed - I'm hoping it'll be fine and won't die from shock. It
had been hanging around yesterday - it behaved like a young one and was a
bit thin but had adult plumage. I don't think it'll be coming back to visit.
And the miracle is - nothing was broken, not a paper out of place, nor a
trace of bird poo behind the stereo - or anywhere else. PHEW - but I'd still
rather do my birding outdoors. Moral to the story - don't leave any doors
open and don't clean windows.
Anyone else have any similar experiences and can share tactics? (Please no
snake stories, I want to sleep tonight!!)
......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 
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