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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiwicowgirl95 wrote:
Magpies attack humans too, especially if they see something shiny -they'll try take it.
There's magpies in Wellington, and in Melbourne! We didn't have crows in NZ but they are here.
I love their song, it's so eerie & echoey and makes the space seem so open.


I don't like crows because they sometimes wake me up at 6am. Evil or Very Mad

All our crows do is caw loudly, especially if they're fighting over food.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our magpies don't attack humans. Here's what they sound like. You can hear the star of the video and also some others in the background. The star is an adult. You can tell by the long tail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYLL7tqZWXc

I think I've posted the sound of our meadowlark before. If I had the power, I'd make a magpie with a meadowlark's song and feeding habits. I don't know whether magpies have been known to imitate the meadowlark song, but they are good sound imitators.

Here are my favorite magpies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvm22_TdnlI

Funny coincidence. Just as I finished posting this, there is a magpie walking around in the yard. Song birds are watching and scolding it. The magpie was about 15 ft (5 m) from me. It has flown now, so I can't see it through the window.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I heard a crow early this morning, but that's not a coincidence, it's normal. He was at least a block away, but I could hear him clearly through a closed window. Rolling Eyes

Magpies don't sound too bad, and they seem interesting to watch. I wonder why there are none in Wisconsin, our climate is kind of similar to Montana. And they have them in NZ and Australia. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems funny to me that there aren't magpies in Wisconsin. Do you suppose they don't like polkas?

I think the first record of white men seeing magpies is from the Lewis and Clark journals. They encountered them in South Dakota, on a way before anniversary of Taylor's and Aishani's birthdays, 9/17/1804. I read a long time ago that they sent a live one to Jefferson, with some other live specimens. The magpie killed the others. I don't remember what they were. Lewis and Clark wrote that they would come into the camps and take food, or eat out of people's hands.

There were no magpies on campus when I went to college in Bozeman, but there are now, and students feed them. They get pretty tame, but I haven't seen them eat from anyone's hand. Maybe if I kept them well fed here, they wouldn't eat baby song birds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jerry wrote:
It seems funny to me that there aren't magpies in Wisconsin. Do you suppose they don't like polkas?

Nah, that couldn't be it. Rolling Eyes

I love Heckle & Jeckle--thanks for the memories! (Woody Woodpecker is great, too!).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in Wisconsin, and I don't like polkas. Confused

I remember Heckle and Jeckle! It's been a few years! Razz I had no idea they were magpies, I just assumed they were crows. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hadn't thought of Heckle and Jeckle in decades, until I was reminded by our magpie discussion. Glad you like them too, David.

Bob, maybe it's easy for magpies to stay out of range of Wisconsin polkas, because they can fly. Would you flee Wisconsin to get away from the polkas, if you could fly?

Here's another video starring magpies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpXMkJmEFT0
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magpies have a sense of humor! Razz

I've learned that it's possible to live in Wisconsin without ever hearing a polka, unless David sneaks in a YouTube link. Rolling Eyes Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How could someone named "Bob from Wisconsin" ever possibly be from somewhere else? Confused

Just like "Sven from Minnesota" Rolling Eyes
Or "Clint from Texas" Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My grandparents came from Europe to Wisconsin. Otherwise, I could be Bob from Deutschland. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob, if I ever drive my car within earshot of your house, I'll make sure the radio is off. It still keeps playing those polkas. I wonder if an exorcism would help.

Yesterday, it played this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=REyCdzqotsI
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need an exorcism, a small hammer should do it. Apply it liberally to the front of your radio until it stops making noise. Razz

I made it ten seconds into your video before my ears started bleeding. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to attack the radio with a large hammer yesterday, but my wife wouldn't let me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know from experience that having a wife in the car makes it unnecessary to listen to the radio. And you don't really need a GPS either, your wife will always tell you exactly where to go. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife often substitutes up or down for left or right. I don't know which is which. I tell her helicopters go up or down, cars go left or right. Of course, my argument falls on deaf ears.
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