Magpie attacks; check out the book "Magpie Alert" by Darryl Jones

To: "'Peter Adderley'" <>, <>
Subject: Magpie attacks; check out the book "Magpie Alert" by Darryl Jones
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:31:56 +1000
Please check out the book "Magpie Alert" by Darryl Jones, UNSW Press
2002, ISBN 0-86840-668-6. That explores all these issues. It is good,
apart from a moderate sprinkling of small editing errors. I did a review
of it in Canberra Bird Notes.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Adderley
Sent: Monday, 17 August 2009 11:25 PM
Subject: Magpie attacks

May I say that magpies are far more intelligent than they seem, and have

very long memories.
When I was school kid I remember being swooped upon by maggies and 
became a little nervous at this time of the year.
It can be intimidating but remember just who's invading who's territory?

Over the years I have learned that magpies get to know you, despite long

absences. I raised one once and it was a life-changing experience. 
Particularly because I had to teach the little bugger to fly. But that 
was 35 years ago. (and I no longer fly ;-) )

I was surprised a few weeks ago when a magpie landed on my veranda, no 
more than a metre from my computer and looked expectantly at me with one

foot tucked under.
It would have been two or three years since I fed a magpie, but he 
certainly knew who I was. He was polite but his agenda was quite
obvious. As he(or she) is bringing up chicks how can you possible refuse
such a 
personal approach?

I guess my point is this: despite many trees that harbour magpie nests I

can walk the local streets with total impunity, because the maggies all 
know me.
I don't think this is just hopeful imagination. And I remain honoured to

be part of their extended community, even as a humble human.

As for the left-handedness of Magpies, it only goes to show the artistic

nature of the bird. I mean, how would you be, born with an alto-clarinet

in your gizzard? ;-)


Scot Mcphee wrote:
> My wife got attacked four times by a particularly vicious one that 
> used to be in Milton. All on the right. Drew blood - quite a bit of 
> it. That little bugger got me one, smack on the right cheek. Also drew

> blood.
> regs
> scot
> 2009/8/17 Brian Johnson <>:
>> Hi. Yesterday, a group of us were riding our bikes and doing a bit of

>> birdwatching. One of our group made us aware of a particularly nasty 
>> male magpie attacking on the track crossing Bribie Island. The claim 
>> was made that "all magpies attacking from behind then try to peck the

>> left side of the face/ear etc" because bike riders are wearing 
>> helmets and the magpie can't inflict any damage there. An interesting

>> conversation then occurred about past experiences with magpies. We 
>> are wondering if others have noticed a magpies' preference for the 
>> left. Any studies?? Any ideas?? Brian 


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