The Birds: Australian style
November 21, 2012 4:54 PM Subscribe
How long after baby birds leave the nest until the parent birds stop being arseholes? Is there any way to convey the message, "move along now, no loitering" to a bunch of currawongs?
posted by lollusc to Pets & Animals (5 answers total)
Two currawongs have been tending a nest in my garden. They have been swooping if you get too close to "their" tree. Two days ago the fledglings finally left the nest and have been flying around the garden and the neighbours' gardens. But their parents' swooping behaviour has gotten out of control. I am scared to go into my own garden, and completely unable to spend prolonged time out there gardening or relaxing. I would like to have a BBQ next weekend, but I couldn't possibly invite friends over to experience this.
The birds swoop immediately you leave the house, and then over and over again the whole time you are outside, whether near the nest/fledglings or not. They get close enough that their claws brush my hair, and make loud clicking sounds that scare me out of my skin if I don't see them coming.
How long until they will move on or become less aggressive, now that the baby birds have left the nest? They aren't going to stay forever, are they? And is there anything I can do to discourage them from coming back next year?