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Old 09-21-2002, 20:26   #1 (permalink)
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Stone the crows... part II

Heres an interesting and what i found quite amusing article about maggie's swooping there prey...

"A rogue magpie 'arrested' last year for divebombing Thornlie children is at it again.

The bird created a 'seige-like' atmosphere at Forest Cresecent Primary School where students, staff and parents were scared to go outside.

At the height of the nesting season last year the feathered terrorist was 'apprehended' by a fed-up teacher and confined to a cage for two weeks until it settled down.

The birds removal seemed to give its nesting family welcome peace and quiet, as well as the school.

'And the other birds calmed down once the ringleader wa removed,' principal Paul Woodley said. But it seems the maggiedidn't learn it lesson.

The school say a temporary return to a perch behind bars is in order -- but only if hapless teacher Kim Nicholas can capture the mischevious bird again.

Mr Nicholas had been out on the school grounds armed with a cat trap for three days when The Sunday Times phoned this week.

School secretary Ellie Green said the teacher used fresh mince in the trap to entice the bird last year. It was then placed in a big cage.

But it seems the maggie has wised up to the plot.

'He has been sitting in a tall tree watching his females go in and eat the mince,' Ms Green said.

Dr Mike Bamford, head of the WA branch of Birds Australia, said magpie swooping season would continue until the end of the month.

Dr bamford said he carried an umbrella and wore a hat for protection against swooping birds.

'When they make contact it is usuallya misjudgement as they don't want to hit you,' he said.

But waving hands in the air is not the answer.

'Don't wave your arms around because they are more likely to hit them,' he said.

And throwing sticks was risky, too.

'They have been known to accidently hit people while dodging sticks,' he said.

Magpies swooped to show off to their partners and not to cause damage, as most people believed."
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