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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Magpie Armageddon

I don't know anything about where you live, but here in my own backyard there has been a slow and gradual influx of magpies, the scavenger birds related to crows and ravens. Not Heckyl & Jeckyl, these pests have started to gather in large gangs, smoking cigarettes and swinging belt chains.

If I look out my rear window right now, there's at least 10 or more, striking fear into all the other wildlife in the area. They've actually chased a wild jackrabbit away, swooping down at the poor little fella until he moved along.

Yesterday, one was tearing apart a neighbour's lawn chair, probably trying to leave a message of some sort. "You've got till Tuesday, buddy -'s curtains!!"

They even look like little thugs, with their chests sticking out, and those cold, gleamy eyes unblinking. The one with the Cher tattoo creeps me out the most, but I suspect he could be leading a double life to fit in with the rest of his pals...

To bad it's illegal to discharge a BB gun in our development, otherwise I might consider pruning the membership, so to speak.

I'll admit, I have a feeling that could backfire on me, literally. I wouldn't want to ruffle those aggressive feathers any more than I have to...



Mrs That Dan Guy said...

Yes. I love to watch the Robins and the Orioles out here, but they don't stick around much with those dang Magpies hovering around. And chasing away our resident Jackrabbits, argh!

ThatDanGuy said...


May they fly through an airplane engine!