SWOOPING MAGPIES

Well its raining and Beryl is sitting very low in the nest with her beak resting on the edge and water running down her head.

Unfortunately her head is the only bit she can’t reach to water proof. Magpies produce their own waterproofing that they spread with their beak so I guess its going to be bad hair day later.

I had an interesting chat yesterday when some friends who told me about some swooping incidents lately. I said I thought that was very early in the season as the young have not been hatched yet. Turns out it was cyclists who were swooped. Personally I think it is something to do with the speed of approach that triggers the defence behaviour. An attacking bird would be a similar speed.

I read something about a situation at a school where the students were being swooped as they arrived. The teachers had the frightened children run one at a time to the “Field Hospital “set up to treat them. I wonder if they had have been calmed down and slowly walked through the gate as a group if less blood would have been drawn.

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