From your IP address I assume you live in the United States – could you have seen a different species? The bird sees its reflection and thinks it is an enemy or a rival so it tries to fend it off. I have been astounded to see that the babies left the nest before they could fly. I think I have finally, correctly, identified our backyard “swoopers”: mockingbirds. Dealing with aggressive magpies. Their beaks seem to me to be very effective needle sharp weapons. this went on for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The blackbirds over the past three years or so seem to have preferred my jasmine so that they can nest safely and securely within it. The pain inflicted on many people is certainly quite serious. No nest that I can see but one very large baby sitting on a power line, so that explains why! Hints on looking after baby blackbirds and feeding them can be found here: I’ve even known Black Swans to act aggressively. Also unsure if nesting, though the plovers and magpies in the area have been. Magpies are very intelligent, probably at the same level as parrots, and have very complex social systems. Once I actually saw two birds from an earlier generation flying from it. I’ve been not merely divebombed but pecked a grand total of 4 times since I first recognized they were in my yard and am generally tracked by a small group of adults (6-8 at the worst) whenever i walk out my front door. I must have been about six then. There were lots of birds in the area including the giant black Parrots (yellow tail). When you see an angry bird, taking steps to reduce the bird's agitation can benefit all birds in the area. evey time i would get within a half mile or so of this bird, he would leave his nest and try to attack me again! Don’t leave home without a helmet! I think either i shifted gears too late or i didn’t have enough pace. Other kookaburras were under our table. LOL brings back memories of those nasty Canadian geese attacking my backpack while I was rollerblading across campus up north….. Our list is up as well if you’d like to check it out!! 126 Responses to “Do Blackbirds Swoop? 5. Geese, Ducks and Swans Once, the magpie’s released you, then you can go as fast or as slow as you like. For your smiles (regarding my “bird-watching cat”): By the way, my cat is an “indoor-cat”, who only likes bird WATCHING (like us). The only preventative I can think of is to remove the central tree and hang cds in all the perimeter trees next year – no small task. Hi Trevor and all bird lovers, Also for the readers having trouble with magpies swooping while they are riding their bicycles, try attaching plastic cable ties through the vents in the helmet. Some readers may also have been confused by my comments, thinking  I was talking about the Grackle. Many species of ducks can also get this way. Some earlier chicks learned to fly weeks ago (and it seemed the aggressive activity calmed down). I have some bad news for you Jennifer – Noisy Miners are reasonably territorial so they are likely to nest in the same locality in future years. The mockingbird will fly at and around any intruder. Hi there MamaDuck. It is probably little consolation to you that there are very few actual records of magpies damaging an eye. Birds tend to protect their territory and their chosen “mate.” Recognizing when the bird is becoming sexually active is key. For more comments click here.) Chasing away a predator or refilling extra bird feeders can be helpful, but birders should also be aware that it may be their presence that is irritating the bird. I have recently been bombed by a plover while walking near my home. I’ll let you know if I get a positive ID. This one seems to be gaining weight but am feeding it mash and egg. Blackbirds are very common here and look very much like yours. It is as if you’ve put up a huge neon sign saying “Come to the feast.” Again, this is as a result of feeding by humans and not a direct attack to harm. While it has a beautiful song – which I love hearing – there is a bigger picture to consider. As far as I know there are no records of this species actually swooping people. Thank you for your comments. Take care when you go out next. Welcome to my birding blog. I do not understand this erratic behaviour. For a magpie, the opposite applies. You name it. Depending on the species, when the owner returns home, freedom from the cage may be necessary. Got the adrenaline pumping! In the last few days, one of the young birds has been hiding under a bush, and does not seem very able to do more than hop about, but not very far. Can you tell me please, do the birds build their nests in the same location each year? One Emu took a liking to my camera lens and my glasses. It is quite often that these little guys will buzz you in the garden purely for just being close, very territorial. It has proved to be one of the most popular articles on this […]. These comments have always come from American readers. Anywhere, any time. Try Stick Training. I am sure they have been feed many times in the past. I actually deal with feral cats very rarely.

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