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5/21/13 4:30 A

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Seagulls are pigs with wings. The Sparrows and Myna birds (both imports) are the same they'll eat anything

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Hmmm. interesting. We have lots of blue jays (and cardinals) in our area, but they are not aggressive at all.... Now, some egrets, used to be fed by humans, can be bold. they just walk to you and start picking you until they get something... The seagulls, on the other hand, are professional food robbers. LOL

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I can imagine them all hanging out for a crust!!

Kids over here paint faces on their bike helmets the magpies just don't like a face looking back at them.

People do all sorts of silly things to not get pecked ranging to umbrellas to wearing ice cream containers (empty of course) on their heads

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The mention of blue jays reminds me of an incident many years ago, when my now-ex and I were dating. We went for a picnic in the Southern California mountains, the region where I grew up. We had these crested blue jays that were gorgeous, but geeze! What an attitude! My ex threw a crust from his sandwich to one of them. Literally a second later we were surrounded by a flock of them glaring at him as of to say, "Well? Where's mine?"

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This is turning into an interesting thread. Yes magpies are mean. They are very similar to blue jays, or grey jays except they have long tails but just as mean. The deer in town have also gotten very brave. I've been out running and they just look at me. I was a little unnerved when I was able to run right up to them before they just walked off the road. They have been known to attack paper boys in Helena. Bambi? I think not.

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Now I know what a magpie is.. I googled it. I do not think they were magpies (maybe a related species?) but in college, there were some birds (they were greysh) that were very aggressive. Passing by a tree where they were nesting was a guarantee of getting attacked. And it hurt a lot! Being there, done that! LOL

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I have a friend in Texas whose big, macho housecat is terrified of the magpies. Apparently they're pretty ferocious.

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As I live in the country I'm used to "wildlife" of all sorts. Geese are mean little suckers when they decide they are going to attack, they can chase away a fox which is no mean feat.

We have Magpies here that are dive bombers during the nesting season. They will actually hit your head with their beaks if you are not careful, you can come away with nasty injuries.

Snakes are a matter of fact here, the trouble is just about all snakes here are poisonous, some of the most poisonous in the world. We live with a creek out the back of our place and Tiger Snakes love the water so there are hundreds around. Thank goodness they are pretty shy so they don't come out too often. We always have our grass cut short so we can see them and have snake repellers around the house block.

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I think that it is fascinating having "problems" with wild life. Maybe because where I come from the wild life in the cities is none.

Today I went to pick some tomatoes on my back yard and a snake almost gave me a heart attack. LOL No, I am not afraid of snakes, but when this one (it was a foot and a half long) run on the dry leaves really startled me. LOL

Again, I think it is fascinating...

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Well, um yeah, the geese are bad here too. Don't go near their nests. but the Sandhill Cranes are worse. They will come after you. I run on the nature trails where both the geese and cranes nest close to the creek. I think HP went overboard, but they really can be a problem

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