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Magpies of Presumption.

It looks as though one of the fledgling magpies out the back can't fly yet. People regularly walk their dogs along the reserve, so I'm thinking I might try and convince it to come in through the back gate.

My backyard is free of predators so if it comes in here it will be safe and when it can fly, it will. Her Fuzziness only ever goes out under supervision, so if I can get the bird in here, I'll just keep the cat inside for the duration. Which she probably won't even notice.

The question is whether or not its mum will consider this place safe enough to land and feed her baby. She'll be able to locate it easily, and from what I've seen of magpies, will probably check the place out and come in so long as I make myself scarce. I've already noticed mum on the neighbour's shed roof, peering in through my back door and watching me when I go outside. So I guess she's scoped the place out already.

This is assuming I can herd the little bugger in in the first place.


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Oct. 10th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
You could try tempting them in with bits of mince meat. That's what Our Neighbour The Magpie Wrangler feeds them.
Oct. 10th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Mum loves the mince and feeds the young on it, but they can't seem to feed themselves yet.

It occured to me to go out after dark and see if it's roosting on the ground, I might be able to just scoop it up and bring it in...would your neighbour have an opinion on this by any chance?

(Totally understand if you've not got the spoons/not got that sort of relationship going).
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:16 am (UTC)
He doesn't seem to rescue any, he just feeds them on his walks - but if he is on the ground at night I'd be bringing him in - too much chance of a cat getting him otherwise.
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Yep. It's nearly dusk, so I'll see what I can do soon. Wish me luck...
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
Good luck!
Oct. 10th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Alas, it's gone to ground. Or wherever. There are a couple of shrubs growing out from a few fences - maybe it's getting cover there. I think the risk is going to be dogs (see few very cats round here) and at least they're always supervised.

I assume, given the other littley can fly well enough (up on to paling fences, where it can then hop up into larger trees) that it'll get there soon.
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