I am being dive bombed by two willy wagtails newly arrived in my garden. What are some defensive strategies?

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cbvs
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I am being dive bombed by two willy wagtails newly arrived in my garden. What are some defensive strategies?

I realise these birds must have a nest in my Lilli pilli tree, but I want to do my gardening without being attacked. Any ideas?

Woko
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I suspect a little patience might be required, cbvs. If you do your best to ignore the Willie Wagtails & keep as far away from their nest as possible my guess is they'll eventually see you as non-threatening & cease harrassing you. That way the three of you may be able to live in harmony. In fact, they may even come to see you as a guardian of their nest because you'll be keeping away other predators such as cats & ravens. I've observed this sort of dynamic in my own garden.

GregL
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Willy wagtails love a birdbath. Maybe if you put in a birdbath they might become more friendly. They do become quite used to people and will even follow people around for the insects that get disturbed.

Woko
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Good idea, Greg. Some birds (& I suspect Willie Wagtails are one species) come to see humans as providers of resources. I recall Brown-headed Honeyeaters lining up to get at my bird bath as I was refilling it one day. They were within an arm's length & one actually sat on the edge of the bath as the water gurgled in. The trick is to move slowly & don't own a cat. 

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