Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5. Day 248. Don't bite the hand that feeds you

It's breeding season and all over the city the signs are going up warning of dangerous magpie behaviour.
Insane looking spiked bike helmets and ice cream containers with eyes painted on the top are being dragged out in the fight to protect human eyes from vicious bird attacks.
Frankly I don't blame the maggies (although they totally terrify me mainly because I value my eyesight).
Let's face it what parent wouldn't do whatever it takes to protect his or her young. It's what we do.
But while Magpies might be territorial they are not stupid. They know what side their bread is buttered on and don't mess with that.
So it was this afternoon at bird feeding time at Nundah. No sign of the vicious helicopter magpie mum hovering here.
Nope my former neighbour John had the birds eating out of his hands - literally. The Magpies were smart enough to know you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

1 comment:

  1. This is so true, Susan. We have fed them in the past (during drought) and the local Catholic school has neighbours across the road who feed them in the evenings and there are no "swoopers" to hassle the children during school hours. Problem solved.