Magpie keeps knocking golfer's ball off tee as he tries to take shot

The wrong kind of birdie! Cheeky magpie keeps knocking golfer’s ball off the tee as he tries to take his shot

  • Charlie Smith, 30, is trying to line up his drive at Bromley Golf Centre in Kent 
  • The mischievous bird defiantly pecks at the ball and continually knocks it over 
  • Video has went viral on social media, and has been liked more than 189.6k times

When a golfer steps up to take a shot, he’s usually hoping for a birdie, but not of the kind that will peck the golf ball off the tee.

Golfer Charlie Smith, 30, trying to line up his drive at Bromley Golf Centre, on aptly named Magpie Lane in Kent, but a cheeky bird has other plans. 

Footage shows the magpie laying claim to the tee box at the sixth hole, and repeatedly pecking the ball off every time the golfer tries to put it on the peg. 


Golfer Charlie Smith tries to line up his drive at Bromley Golf Centre in Kent, but a cheeky magpie keeps knocking the ball off the tee

A bemused Smith warns the magpie to behave, but the bird has no interest in obeying in the video taken on October 10.

The annoyed golfer shouts: ‘Leave them alone, go away,’ at the magpie, who defiantly knocks the ball to the grass every time.

The bird’s antics are much to the delight of his friend Danny Miller, 31, who recorded the amusing moment.

As the golfer finally manages to place the ball on the tee he says: ‘What are you doing? Leave it!’

Once the animal finally moves away and lets the ball stay where it is, the man thanks it before going to take his shot. 

But the brazen bird isn’t finished yet and hangs around the golfers, coming back again for one final shot.


A bemused Smith warns the magpie to behave, but the bird has no interest in obeying and flies back to knock the ball over one more time 

The golfer laughs: ‘Don’t you dare, I swear to God,’ but wasting no time the bird flies towards the ball and takes one final peck, knocking it to the ground.

The video of the bird has went viral on social media, and has been liked more than 189.6k times on TikTok.  

One user commented: ‘Magpies often push eggs out of nests. This might be what it’s thinking it’s doing! Haha.’ 

Another joked: ‘I was today years old when I discovered magpies are the cats of the bird world.’  

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