14 July 2010

Inundated With Scavenger Birds!!

It's true!  It seems the crow and magpie population has grown exponentially here in Edmonton.  Neighbours are seen shewing them away from garbage set out to be collected, or yelling at them as they peck through the gardens.  Yesterday morning there were two magpies sitting atop our Young's Twisted Weeping Birch and another four on the fence!  I reached for my camera.  Batteries dead.  Replaced the batteries and when I returned, only two remained on the fence. 

Some friends said they were "attacked" by a magpie as it dive bombed them as they were walking by.  Apparently the bird had a nest nearby.  Has anyone else noticed an increase of crows and magpies?

3 comments:

Shirley said...

Funny thing, well maybe not so funny for those who live there, in Fort McMurray they have to weigh down their garbage cans with rocks to prevent what they call the landfill hawks from getting their garbage. Apparently these are like large crows or ravens and they are notorious for getting into the garbage. They can even pry off the lid of a garbage can. A real nuisance.

Heather said...

Ha - we have a magpie up the street that dive bombs me everytime we walk by! I wear a hat now.....

Shirley said...

Heather, thanks for stopping by. Where do you live? It would be interesting to see if the population explosion is widespread.

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