Getting rid of magpies

Getting rid of magpies

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muckymotor

1,902 posts

177 months

Friday 4th June 2010
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Harry Flashman said:
FasterFreddy said:
Mr Gearchange said:
I remember reading something about someone who had a similar problem with Crows.
They got hold of a recording of a crow in distress (presumably VBRJ by a Rook or somesuch) anyway - they played the recording on a loudspeaker and all the crows fked off never to return. Which says a lot about the camaraderie of Crows IMO - the bds.

So you need a recording of a Magpie in dire straits. Easy I'm sure.
I thought about this, but when I looked into it, it seems that if you play a magpie distress call, it actually attracts the little buggers.

I don't really want more of them...
Really?

  • settles in with a box of .410 cartridges, a beer and a deck chair.
Fab
If you want to attract magpies try shaking a largish box of matches for a few seconds at a time. The sound is similar to the magpie warning call and the nosy bleeders can't resist investigating.

911motorsport

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7,251 posts

189 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Japveesix said:
911motorsport said:
Only my hatred is not irrational. I have witnessed these magpies mindlessly murder two little songbirds and their young. They did this out of wanton blood lust!!! ergo........they're nasty little bds; and Mr and Mrs Blackbird will be avenged.
Wow, you witnessed some wild animals killing some other wild animals, I can't begin to imagine how traumatic that must have been for you.

Magpies are amongst the most attractive and intelligent birds in the UK. They've adapted well to all the things humans have changed/ruined and thrive in cities (much like foxes, pigeons, rats etc) because they are intelligent and opportunistic.

Our native songbirds have suffered because people have concreted their driveways, decked and patioed their gardens and planted fancy borders of non native plants. Not to mention destroying almost all of their natural wild habitat and killing them by the thousands with cars, cats and pesticides etc. People on here seem to think the magpie is to blame for something we (as humans) are almost certainly entirely responsible for.

Your irrational, and grossly out of proportion, hatred is bizarre and makes you seem slightly mental.

Have fun whiling away the hours this weekend plotting your revenge. Be careful though as according to your warped logic they are your neighbours magpies and perhaps they are as attached to them as you seem to have been to your blackbirds...
coffee

Do you offer internet 'spiritual' readings too?

Neither my path or briveway, nor my patio, killed the blackbirds. It was the magpies that did it. And they did it for sts and giggles. However alien it is to you, that makes me dislike them.




Steameh

3,155 posts

166 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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4 o clock this morning the started making that stupid warning call. I can hear it over my fan, through my windows and it's chuffing hot.

It still hasn't stopped. I'm convinced my cat just sits below the tree they are in and riles them up, but won't actually do anything to scare them off.

I just want some sleep frown

Pothole

30,349 posts

238 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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911motorsport said:
Only my hatred is not irrational. I have witnessed these magpies mindlessly murder two little songbirds and their young. They did this out of wanton blood lust!!! ergo........they're nasty little bds; and Mr and Mrs Blackbird will be avenged.

Edited by 911motorsport on Friday 4th June 13:29
it's completely irrational. A bird is not capable of murder, you fool! Leave well alone and stop trying to play God.

911motorsport

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7,251 posts

189 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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hehe

RizzoTheRat

19,392 posts

148 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Mark Benson said:
911motorsport said:
Just been reading up on something called a 'Larson Trap' though. Could be a goer yes
You need a decoy bird for a Larsen.

Got any spare Magpies about the house? wink
My father's got a couple of these, though one got serious trashed by a badger. There's always a bit of hassle at the start of the season as loads of local farmers have to bait them with meat to try and catch the first one, then as soon as someone catches one it's used to bait the next trap, etc. So all these magpies get caught and passed around the neighbourhood for ages biggrin

Pothole

30,349 posts

238 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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911motorsport said:
Neither my path or briveway, nor my patio, killed the blackbirds. It was the magpies that did it. And they did it for sts and giggles. However alien it is to you, that makes me dislike them.
Ridiculous anthropomorphism. What's a briveway?

911motorsport

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7,251 posts

189 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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I would hazard a guess at it being 'driveway' with a spelling mistake. I'm here to help if you get stuck on anything else. hehe

Emsman

6,822 posts

146 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Would now be a good time to post that the magpie isn't native to this country and was (I believe) introduced from holland in order to limit the number of fieldfares?

Driveways- either with or without spelling mistakes- are native though so they are ok

now, stop playing god, and go and shoot the noisy fecker



Pothole

30,349 posts

238 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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911, if you're determined to pervert nature:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/m/m...

WorAl

10,877 posts

144 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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KILL THEM, KILL THEM ALL!!!!! Horrible mother fkers

911motorsport

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7,251 posts

189 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Pothole said:
911, if you're determined to pervert nature:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/m/m...
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NDA

17,083 posts

181 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Japveesix said:
Magpies are amongst the most attractive and intelligent birds in the UK.
No they're not. They're st which is why I shoot them. Even the RSPB will highlight methods to kill them.

Emsman

6,822 posts

146 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Where in the uk are you 911?

You would be welcome to borrow one of my air rifles.
That will cure the problem

Sheets Tabuer

15,362 posts

171 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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I have magpies and wood pigeons in a huge tree at the bottom of my garden (which is a pain in the arse as it obscures all the interesting things I can see with my telescope)

Anyhow apart from the fact they make the most annoying call at all hours they do seem to keep the fecking annoying wood pigeons at bay, those little bds piss me off far more than magpies.

Mikey G

4,310 posts

196 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Had a noisy group of Magpies at the rear of my house about 3 years ago. My house backs onto a common woodland so I get to see lots of wildlife in my garden.
Anyway I had a friend bring his air rifle up one day and we sat in my lounge waiting for one of them to land in the garden, It wasnt long as they come in and out all day. One direct shot and the bird was suddenly quiet... All the others decided its best not to hang around here and I havent had them back since biggrin

Not now Kato

865 posts

155 months

Saturday 5th June 2010
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Cunning, devious, bds are magpies. It takes a lot of effort to nail a lot of them.
I have a cd of their distress call but it only really works once on each group (gang) of magpies. I put a cd player underneath an old wheel barrow and had a magpie decoy near it, play the cd and the birds come and land nearby, I can normally get 2 or 3 with a fully suppressed .22 before they realise whats happening. It then takes another week or 2 to get the rest of that group as they come back to eat their mates (it appears to be a myth that nailing a dead magpie to your fence keeps them away).
Where I am though, within a few days of one group culled, another group move into the area so it all starts again.

Hawks regularly hunt around our place but they get attacked my the magpies and moved on.

For the trap, try some cat or dog food instead of scrambled eggs, even some mince. A mate has one and it does a very good job.

Have fun, I'm off duck shooting now.

911motorsport

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7,251 posts

189 months

Sunday 6th June 2010
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Emsman said:
Where in the uk are you 911?

You would be welcome to borrow one of my air rifles.
That will cure the problem
Thanks for the kind offer but I'm way down south frown

Si 330

1,165 posts

165 months

Sunday 6th June 2010
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Our Basset Hound managed to take a magpie out, squawking thing was teasing Bert in the garden. It swooped down didn't realise the big fat stumpy legged mutt could run and jump took it out mid flight then ate it.

danrc

2,554 posts

166 months

Sunday 6th June 2010
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Fastra said:
gjc10212 said:
Good God - that's amazing!
There is your sound recording to scare the fkers away! That video is brilliant!

I recently saw a couple of magpies attacking a female black bird on a footpath. They had dragged her from the nest and we picking feathers from her with Mr Blackbird going mental in the background but ultimately being able to do nothing to help.

We intervened, scared the Magpies away and helped Mrs Blackbird to a thick bush near to the house. I hope she survived but I doubt it. Kill the bds.