Magpie attacks

To: storm <>
Subject: Magpie attacks
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:49:34 +1000
2009/8/17 storm <>:
> Just a small thing - they aren't "vicious" for no good reason.
> Magpies are smart. Not all magpies attack and those that do tend to be
> specific about who they attack. In fact, rather than attack a better
> description would be that the bird was taking pre-emptive defensive action.
> The targets tend to people (or people who are in some way similar to a
> person) who the birds perceive has threatened the nest before.

i never said it wasn't or didn't have a reason. i just stated what it
did. I love our local magpie pair very much. this other one, not so
much. this particular magpie was well known to anyone who cycled that
route - it attacked all cyclists without exception. people walking, it
didn't harrass. it used to sit and wait at the light change until you
moved and then attack you. it knew what it was doing and i don't
particularly care what it's reason was. anyway it hasn't been
attacking anyone the past couple of years. i don't know what happened
to it, but i suspect the council removed it.

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