westab wrote:g-boaf wrote:I haven't encountered any yet. I try to feed the local ones around where I ride in the hope that it might make them more friendly towards me.
Good luck with that - hope it works as the one that I see near my work swoops me on the bike but when I walk through the carpark it leaves me alone (I don't feed it). The one at home will also swoop me on my bike but will eat worms out of my hand (even when wearing cycle gear) he just seems to hate the bike.
The one around here, when it was a youngster used to walk around my front yard, following me.
I quite remember the first day it did it - I was sitting on the front steps, and it came walking up - and decided it liked the look of my shoelaces. So it started tugging at them. The parent bird decided it would have a play with them too. Wonderful! I had the biggest grin on my face ever on that morning.
And since then - I occasionally give it some little bits and pieces of left overs, along with a ready supply of fresh water, nothing too much - but enough that it will hopefully teach its youngsters when they come along that I'm not a problem. It still walks around and warbles away quietly when I'm outside. It seems pretty friendly - and I hope it will remain that way, and will not be scared by my bicycle.
They are amazingly intelligent birds - just that some of them are a bit overzealous in their protective parenting.