This is a story about birds.
Some places have pretty, gentle birds. This little sweetie lives near The Lady Who Lives With Critters.
Here's one of the birds that live near me.
You don't mess with the birds in my neighbourhood. They're tough and can be mean.
My Typist says the vandal was a Noisy Miner.
Here's An Insightful Yet Terrifying Experience that she had with a Noisy Miner some years back -
One day, she found a baby that had fallen from its nest in the gutter. She picked it up so Mr P and Mr T wouldn't eat it. She tried to put it back in the nest. But the mama bird saw her and swooped down on My Typist and pecked her head. She had to run back into the house to save herself!
For a whole week after that, My Typist had to carry an umbrella every time she walked out of the house because the mama bird would be waiting for her on the power line by our front door, and would swoop down to try to kill her.
Of course, that's nothing compared to what THIS bird can do!
My Typist, being both brave and stupid, once chased 2 cockatoos away from her orange tree. "Shoo!" she shouted at them flapping her arms, "SHOO!"
They were eating her yummy juicy oranges which were just about ready to be picked. The birds flew away, but the next day, they came back! They brought all their family and friends too! They pecked My Typist's oranges and ripped them from the branches and spat them all out on the ground. They didn't even bother to eat them! Then they cackled loudly and rudely and flew away.
My Typist was very traumatized.
I think she should count her lucky stars though, because cockatoos can peck a lot more than oranges.
My Typist insists we put out this community message immediately!
Pic from http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Safe-from-Swooping-Australian-Magpies
It's almost magpie nesting season again! Soon, they'll be everywhere, swooping from tree to tree, pouting on fences, glaring down from power lines, strutting on sidewalks - waiting for some poor innocent postie or typist to walk by just so they can peck their eyes out. There's even one that lives in our frontyard.
My Typist gets very nervous every time it's magpie nesting season. Given her relationship with birds, are you surprised? Still, she doesn't wear an icecream tub on her head [thank goodness or I would die of shame]. She just waves my leash about or carries a stick. We walk in fear.
Pic from http://www.mumsgone2aus.com/2011/04/15/photo-friday-5-beware-the-australian-magpie/
As I said, YOU. DON'T. MESS. WITH. THE. BIRDS. IN. MY. NEIGHBOURHOOD.
More riveting stuff about our birds.
* Can YOU tell an Indian Mynah from a Noisy Mynah [Miner]?
* More about Maggies and what you can do to stop your eyes getting pecked out.
* Should we be feeding wild birds?
Update 10.35 pm An interesting excerpt from http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Safe-from-Swooping-Australian-Magpies
"Do not return [to the same spot] after an encounter [with a magpie]. Australian magpies have an incredible memory (as with all members of the Corvid family, they are very intelligent) and will attack the same people again and again. It is also too bad if you happen to look like someone they attacked before..."
Dear God. My Typist has no hope.