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How To Get Rid of Magpies In Garden

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One of the signs of having a healthy and well-rounded garden ecosystem is the presence of magpies. But often, these birds can be considered a menace due to their swooping actions. This then leads homeowners and their neighbors to plot for ways to get rid of magpies.

Since magpies are considered protected wildlife, it may be illegal to kill them without any permit. Besides, violence is not the only course of action you may take. In the next few paragraphs, you will discover different methods on how to fend off magpie swoops.

Understanding Magpies

Magpies, like dogs, can be your best friend too. All it takes is delving deeper on why they do the things that they do.

Magpies belong to the crow family. These animals are often easily identified using their deep black and white plumage and irritating bird calls. They are highly territorial and will exhibit swooping behavior when their family is threatened. Magpies usually roost at the same place where their young ones are born, and leave these places when the young magpies are able to fly on their own.

Get Rid of Magpies

How to Get Rid of Magpies

As mentioned earlier, it may be illegal to kill magpies, or any other native wildlife for that matter. The steps below will outline a process of removing the poor birds out of your garden or yard.

  1. First, assess your garden or yard, and determine where the magpies have built their nests.
  2. It is best to do this step prior to the breeding season. But if the magpies are already living and flying around your yard or garden, do your assessment from a safe distance away from them.
  3. Once you have determined the most likely places where the magpies’ nests are, it’s time for you to remove them all.
  4. If you prefer, you may transfer the nests in a location outside your garden property. This way, when the new magpies hatch, the parent magpies will not go berserk over protecting their children while inside your garden property.
  5. Also remember that magpies may build back their nests at the original location in your garden. If this occurs, be ready to transfer the nests again. Note: Magpies tend to be predatory over other bird species, so also be mindful on where to relocate them.
  6. If this step fails and the magpies that live within your property still continue to be aggressive and hurt others, perhaps it’s time to call the authorities. They can shoot and kill these birds after all necessary steps have been made to relocate or pacify them.

magpie in your garden

How to Avoid Magpie Swoops

Killing magpies is often not the answer to keeping these birds at bay. After all, if the parent magpies are killed, who will take care of the young? And who is to say that no new magpie tidings will come and live in the same location where your house or garden is located?

Therefore, it’s ultimately better to avoid magpie attacks instead. Read on below for a few suggestions on having a harmonious magpie-human relationship:

  • Wear a hat (or anything to cover your head) with painted eyes at the back or sunglasses placed in your head.

Magpies usually target the head area when they swoop down on offending human/s. Remember that magpies do this when they feel threatened. So if you know that you will be passing by a magpie-inhabited area, protect your head with a hat or helmet. And then run as fast as you can to get away from the swooping birds.

  • Look at the magpies in the eyes.

If there’s no avoiding an encounter with magpies, locate where they are roosting and look at them the entire time you are passing by them. Magpies seldom attack if they see your eyes. This is also why wearing hats with painted eyes at the back of your head works against swooping magpies.

  • Feed them.

Wild animals often respond positively to humans who give them food. In the case of magpies, they may stop their aggressive and protective behavior toward you and your family if you routinely give them food. But this behavior is usually only limited to you and your family who feed them. If you have guests, the magpies may revert to their natural irritating state. On the bright side, you will have magpies who can act as first line of defense against intruders.

  • Leave them alone.

Magpies, just like other animals, will only exhibit aggressive behavior when they or their family are threatened. If you do not taunt them, throw stones, or swat them with sticks, the magpies will surely leave you alone too.

Dealing with native wildlife species like magpies can be difficult yet fulfilling at the same time. On one side, these birds can scare and hurt unsuspecting humans. On the other hand, they help maintain and balance natural ecosystems. As sentient species, humans have a greater responsibility towards maintaining this balance without hurting magpie populations.

Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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