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Mr Mischief

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Speaking of maximus otter being trigger happy :D This year there are a load more small birds nesting in the trees next to my house, even got a couple of doves. The problem is, is that the magpies have taken an interest in them, add to the fact that my little dragon likes to run round the garden and there's a serious issue. In the last 3 days 7 magpies have had to be executed and dropped over the fence for the foxes to munch on. I have on occasion had to remove the odd magpie from existence, but never on this scale, there really doesn't seem to be an end to the buggers at the moment. Anyone else experienced a sudden influx of these evil critters?
 

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Speaking of maximus otter being trigger happy :D This year there are a load more small birds nesting in the trees next to my house, even got a couple of doves. The problem is, is that the magpies have taken an interest in them, add to the fact that my little dragon likes to run round the garden and there's a serious issue. In the last 3 days 7 magpies have had to be executed and dropped over the fence for the foxes to munch on. I have on occasion had to remove the odd magpie from existence, but never on this scale, there really doesn't seem to be an end to the buggers at the moment. Anyone else experienced a sudden influx of these evil critters?

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Speaking of maximus otter being trigger happy :D This year there are a load more small birds nesting in the trees next to my house, even got a couple of doves. The problem is, is that the magpies have taken an interest in them, add to the fact that my little dragon likes to run round the garden and there's a serious issue. In the last 3 days 7 magpies have had to be executed and dropped over the fence for the foxes to munch on. I have on occasion had to remove the odd magpie from existence, but never on this scale, there really doesn't seem to be an end to the buggers at the moment. Anyone else experienced a sudden influx of these evil critters?

They do seem to be everywhere, don’t they? We have a pair 50’ away, that have taken over squatters’ rights in an old pigeon nest. Unfortunately, because of where we live, l can’t take the necessary action to preserve our local songbird fledglings.

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They do seem to be everywhere, don’t they? We have a pair 50’ away, that have taken over squatters’ rights in an old pigeon nest. Unfortunately, because of where we live, l can’t take the necessary action to preserve our local songbird fledglings.
Usually there are a couple of nesting pairs of crows and jackdaws which seem to discourage the magpies, these have been noticeably absent this year and the magpies seem to have taken advantage of this fact. I'm not overly kill happy but I do like to encourage the little birds to nest nearby and help them out as and when I can.
 

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Wildlife photographer Maurizio Ferrari captured this image of a jackal closing on a magpie in the Danube Delta in Romania.
(Magpie escaped) Daily Telegraph today.

Jackal closing on a Magpie.jpg
 

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Obviously didn't like talking to strangers
Australian man suffers double eye injury in magpie swooping attack after 'conversation' turns ugly
James Glindemann, 68, was flown to hospital for emergency surgery after being aggressively swooped in the Victorian town of Sale on Tuesday


Luke Henriques-Gomes
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Thu 15 Oct 2020 07.37 BST

What started as a “one-way conversation” with a magpie has ended with a Victorian man airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to both his eyes.
James Glindemann, 68, said he was about to tuck into a Chinese takeaway lunch on Tuesday at an outdoor mall in Sale, about 200km east of Melbourne, when he was suddenly and viciously swooped by a magpie.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ury-after-conversation-with-magpie-turns-ugly
 

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It's magpie season here and this short clip went viral a couple of weeks ago. It's almost a rite of passage to be swooped by one, but it can be terrifying and it bloody well hurts if one gets you.
Given that his dad is laughing and filming him in order to put him on the internet as he screams in terror I'd say he has bigger problems than the magpie. :(
 

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Given that his dad is laughing and filming him in order to put him on the internet as he screams in terror I'd say he has bigger problems than the magpie. :(
It is sort of common when you are growing up and injury is rare.

You've just got to keep your head down, shield your eyes, and get out of their nesting zone. They'll leave you alone once you've put distance between you and the nest.
 

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This is Hans Forsberg. He is teaching magpies to recycle for food.

This is current state of my experiment, trying to teach the magpies in our garden to pick up litter, and get paid with food. Right now, the birds pick-up bottle caps and trade them for peanuts in my machine. I plan to describe the evolution of his work together with plans and details of the hardware and software on this channel. There is also some descriptions and files regarding hardware for the experimental rig available on my thingiverse page https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:460...

 
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