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Watch out for magpies!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wacker2611, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Wacker2611

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    I was out today, toddling around a local park capturing some Autumn loveliness. The bird was just coming home at about 50 metres altitude about 150 metres away. As quick as a flash, 3 magpies flew out of the trees and started harassing it, presumably thinking it was a threat. If I'd done nothing it would have ended in tears so I climbed to 100 metres to shake them off, but to no avail. By now I was starting to really worry as it was turning into a bit of a dog fight, so I hovered and yawed quite quickly and the flashing lights seemed to scare them off.
    There's all sorts of buzzards/ Hawks in the area where I fly most, including red kites and I've never had one single problem....Anyway all was well in the end, but watch out for magpies, they'll have your bird down in a jiffy!
     
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  2. Bill S

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    Seagulls as well on my end. Brought it down.
     
  3. Wibble

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    Red Kites? Not in Wales are you?
    I get lots of them here along with some huge Buzzards and plenty of other birds of prey.
    Magpies can be nasty. A few months ago a lovely woodpecker flew into my window and knocked itself out. It landed on the extension roof and was flapping around. Within seconds a magpie was there ready for the kill. I opened a window and stood guard until the woodpecker recovered!

    Seagulls really worry me - there are loads where I work and also fly. So far they haven't bothered it at all but they dive bomb our factory during breeding season so I wouldn't dare fly the drone then! They get so very aggressive - seen them chasing many a poor bird of prey that has strayed into their area they will chase anything.
     
  4. snerd

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    Heckle and Jecklel lol!!
     
  5. RedHotPoker

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    Probably just pissed.
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    That is hilarious.
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    But they do seem intent on mayhem.


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  6. Wacker2611

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    I'm in Leeds but live quite near Harewood House, where they've set up a red kite breeding programme, there's 100s of them roving the skies round here now. Less rabbits.
     
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    Spy vs. Spy.... lol... :)
     
  8. duse500

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    I'v had quite a few bird attacks ,the ones that get me are the ones I don't see coming..
    When I see them coming I go in attack mode.Stop,aggressive moves towards them up,down left ,right,,,make a run for it. (We're not going to out run them )Stop and do it again if they come back.
    Out of Red Tails,Osprey's , blackbirds,Seagulls, The ospreys were the most aggressive due to the shear number of nest , they all had 2-4 fledgling's
    The sea gulls I believe, just see a white bird which they think is another seagul that has food .