A little Madness in the Spring

“A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.” Emily Dickinson

It was with great amusement, that we have been watching some rather unusual behaviour from our neighbours. We observed neighbours exiting and entering their house under large umbrellas on a sunny day, a business man, whirling his suit jacket wildly above his head, people ducking and weaving, a woman holding a clipboard on her head and my father, visiting with magazines atop his head.

It was all very funny, until, the swooping magpie parents, turned their attention to our side of the street. Going out to check the mail box has become a thrill seeking adventure. You cast your eyes about, then swiftly run to the mailbox. To your horror you hear tck tck and feel a brush of wings stir your hair. I now wear a hat to collect the mail.

In order to share my experience with you, I have been fairly brave. I stood photographing the magpies, standing my ground, until the last moment, I ran shrieking inside.

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A magpie in our tree, with me hiding under the safety of our porch.

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Magpie pretends not to be observing me.

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Here she comes, I hold my ground.

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A blurry magpie but I was not going to stand and focus.

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Hidden safely in the shrubbery, the prince or princess awaits their lunch.

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Ah, lunch is approaching…

 

34 thoughts on “A little Madness in the Spring

  1. I used to be scared of them (emus too) but I’ve been able to walk the neighbourhood safely twice a day every day since I’ve had my dog. Not sure if he is making it safer for me or just a coincidence. But I saw a teenage girl carrying a hefty branch over her head down our street and thought I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about that!

    • I think anything dive-bombing you gives you a fright. We are also being dive-bombed by Noisy Miner birds at the moment too. They are much smaller though, so not nearly as scary.

  2. Wow Jen that swooping shot is awesome – I don’t know any other person who has ever been brave enough to capture a shot like that!

  3. This made me laugh, sorry.😉 The closest I’ve been to a bird diving at our heads was a a national park where people were feeding the ravens. One kept flying closer and closer to our heads until one where my son and I had to duck to avoid being hit. We jumped in the car and watched the rest of the show from safety. Of course the bats will swoop down to snag a bug out of the air but that doesn’t seem to bother me.

    • Don’t worry, it made me laugh too, especially the moment I heard my 19 year old son call out “Mum” when he got swooped getting into his car. I quite like watching bats in the sky as long as they don’t get too close🙂

  4. Oh Jen .. what a picture you paint with your words and photos . I know magpies can exhibit marauding behaviour but I’m kind of fascinated by them too . Never seen chick before … it looks rather cute hiding among the pom poms of the shrubbery🙂

  5. My goodness, what a thriller! By the time I reached the third picture, I almost closed my eyes because it was getting too scary. Phew. You’re brave to face that on a daily basis!

    We have these gulls by the lake that like to build their nest on our jetty. Not much fun going for a swim when you have to carry a broom just in case…

  6. Whoa! Sorry to be so late getting to this incredibly exciting post, Jen!! Loved that photo sequence which ended– abruptly!– with the magpie dive-bombing the intrepid photographer!! OK, the magpie was a little blurry there, but the power lines were nice and sharp… : )

    I sometimes get “bombed” by chickadees at our feeder, but they always pull up short and land in my seed-filled hand. Now I’m gonna feel a bit guilty about it , when I think of you running for cover. Great post, thanks for giving us all some vicarious thrills!! : )

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