Monday, May 24, 2010

Help! I'm a Prisoner in My Own Home!

I looked out the kitchen window early this morning and noticed a baby Magpie sitting on the lawn right next to my sprinkler. I thought it was odd that it wasn't getting out of the way of the spray. Several hours later I looked outside and saw the same baby Magpie just sitting on the driveway behind my horse trailer. It looked like its wing might be injured. I walked outside, started walking right up to it, when out of the sky came this terrible screech.

The mama Magpie came after me with full force and swooped down toward my face. It didn't help that I was looking up at her. As soon as I realize that she could take out my eyeballs with her beak and claws, I covered my head and ducked. She missed me.

I began walking back into the house and she took a second dive at me. I ducked and ran. That bird chased me all the way to my front door. She is now sitting outside my front door like a sentry and if I try to open the door, she attacks me. Just look at the size of that beak!

By the time I got my camera, the baby had disappeared. I suspect it hopped under my trailer. Between this and all the sparrows I've had to scoop out of the horses' water troughs dead and alive, spring is a dangerous time of year.

16 comments:

Reddunappy said...

Darn birds LOL
A couple years ago some starlings made a nest on top of the entrance to our bank, darn things would dive bomb anyone leaving or coming to the bank! The Magpie is a little bigger than a starling though!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

So, get this... I went out to pick up my mail totally forgetting about the bird, and I got dive-bombed. I started running back to the house while looking over my shoulder, took my sunglasses off my face and threw them at it, then tripped over the front step and fell into the wall, then slid to the ground. Now my entire left arm is in pain and swollen. Turns out both the mama and the papa are now attacking everything that moves. I can't let the dogs outside, because the birds attack them, and I have to escort people to and from their cars with a broom. I'm thinking that a pellet gun might be a good thing right now. Maybe I could just shoo the baby out into traffic and hope it gets run over so that the parents will forget about it. Better yet, I can shoo it over to my nosy neighbors' place -- the birds can keep them hostage in their house so that they can't come out and spy on me.

Maery Rose said...

We don't have any of those around here. Good thing I guess. Blue jays tend to be our most aggressive bird. You can start wearing a riding helmet all the time now. But joking aside, when you actually get hurt running away from the darn thing, that has to be a real pain in more ways than one.

JeniQ said...

It's really not funny.. but I can't help to chuckle as in my minds eye I see this scene out of a Hitchcock movie at your house...

I hope you are not seriously as that is not funny at all, and that birds move on soon.

~Jeni

Paint Girl said...

That is one beautiful bird! But scary too! Reminds me of the movie "The Birds"! That movie always freaked me out!

fernvalley01 said...

I would be taking a tennis racket out with me! Nasty buggers MAgpies can be! .I guess she is just protecting her baby ,but maybe protact it somwhere else?

Sydney said...

Just toss her an offering of shiny objects, that'll solve all!

Leah Fry said...

I bet your neighbors have been having a heyday with this episode!

lytha said...

I always wondered why the Germans around here don't like Magpies. I don't think we had them in Seattle and so I love seeing them here. Yesterday I heard an unusual birdcall and looked up and saw a pair flying over our field. They are called Elster here.

I've been attacked by crows so I really can't stand them. Also, they are still picking apart my horse's poop making it hard to clean up the paddock, and I quit feeding whole grain, just pellets now *sigh*

I wanted to ask you what that pretty tree is that your bird is perched in. It looks exotic with the smoothe gray bark and fern-like leaves.

Do you have a hose handy - would spraying them away work?

~lytha

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Poor you! How's your arm? She is a pretty bird though.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Lytha - That is a Honey Locust tree. They grow wild around here. We've let a few of them get away with it because they make nice shade trees, but some types of Locusts are poisonous to horses, like the Black Locust. I doubt I'd get to the hose in time without getting pecked first, but I'll give it a try. My son went out armed with a rake, gloves and a big black garbage bag and tried knocking them down. He managed to hit mama with a rock, but didn't injure her. His aggressiveness toward the birds scared them enough to make them less aggressive.

Fantastyk - I thought I'd have a huge bruise this morning, but I think all the bruising took place underneath my metal plate. I just have a lump on my arm and some pain now.

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, my! Here, the mockingbirds dive bomb my cats. I guess the cats get too close to their nest! They leave us alone, though!

Callie said...

LMAO! Oops, Sorry, "Quoth the raven" ?????????

Vaquerogirl said...

Haha ! Those dern birds can be fierce! I've been attacked more than once. Remember that Dick Van Dyke Episode with the bird attacking Ritchie! It was hysterical! You can find it on Hulu!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Scary! Her beak looks longer than Sid's spurs! gah!

Magpie's are so pretty. I've never seen them around here, though.

Stay safe....maybe wear your riding helmet when you go outside. lol!


~Lisa

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh yes! Great idea. Toss that baby bird over the fence. Oh man! That would be fine entertainment watching your neighbors get dive bombed for leaving the house to spy on you. lol!

Hey...I could send crazy Sid over there and you could dump him over the fence, too. hahahahah!!!!


~Lisa