Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
At this particular moment in time, I am indeed very fortunate. It has been over a month since a Covid-19 case was reported in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. This means that I am relatively free to go about my business provided I maintain social distancing, which for me is relatively easy. That being the case, I have been continuing my winter training, the purpose of which is to ensure that as many magpies as possible make my acquaintance before magpie swooping/breeding season kicks in.
Magpies have a fantastic memory for faces and the chances are good that they won’t swoop if they recognise you as someone who will do them no harm (cyclists may dispute this).
Spare a thought, however, for the residents of Victoria (Australia), who are largely confined to home except for quick trips to the supermarket, caring responsibilities or daily exercise, the latter being restricted to one hour per day and within 5 kilometres of home. When Victorians do get out and about, the wearing of masks is mandatory. Victorians are rocking those masks and they are doing fantastically well at bringing coronavirus infection rates down. Yay, Victoria. This brings me to the speculation by Sean Dooley, National Public Affairs Manager of Birdlife Australia, that magpies may not be able to recognise their people due to the masks, and that this may lead to a rise in swooping incidents. Yikes!
Maybe I should wear my mask when I conduct my magpie training, in case masks outside the home are mandated in future in my area too? Maybe magpies need time to get used to the new look? Gotta love those magpies, even if they sometimes don’t love us back. ❤
I would like to dedicate my Friday song to all the Australian magpies. Let’s have some Ella Fitzgerald today. She has a lovely warble.
Before I go, I would like to apologise to readers for my tardiness in responding to comments; what with the arty farty work and the magpie training, life is a little hectic.
Stay safe, stay sane and stay kind this weekend and always.