Tag Archives: magpies

Ask RiotACT: Magpies in our backyard

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I have a question that Google can’t seem to answer for me!
We have an issue with magpies that are coming into our backyard to try and steal our food.  TAMS isn’t helpful, as their advice is to steer clear of the area, walk don’t run etc but I can’t exactly avoid my backyard.
They’re not [...]

Magpie swooping season, here we go

By 29 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s magpie season again. It’s that time of year when cyclists ride around with cable ties sticking out of their helmets like echidnas, and pedestrians wear sunglasses on the back of their heads, ducking nervously as they walk beneath a tree.
Magpies swoop as a means of protecting their eggs or newly hatched babies. Some magpies [...]

Swooping birds of 2014

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Since no one else has done it, I thought I’d start this years thread.
I went for a bicycle ride from Queanbeyan to Fyshwick and back on Monday 25 August.
Once there I did a lap of the COC area and was the victim of one very half hearted swoop opposite the phone exchange.
Do other readers [...]

Leave the baby magpies alone

By 29 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are asking you to let baby magpies be:
Echoing the recent plea from the RSPCA-ACT, Territory and Municipal Services rangers today urged the public not to mistakenly rescue baby magpies that may appear to be abandoned on the ground.
“Each year, many members of the public make the kind-hearted mistake of assuming a fledgling is [...]

Holt desperado

By 27 October 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred at Hardwick Crescent, Holt near the Magpies Sports Club yesterday afternoon (Saturday, October 26).
Around 5.00pm a man approached a woman from behind, threatened her with a knife before obtaining her keys. The offender unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to the victim’s car.
The offender then [...]

Approaching Magpie Swooping Season

By 22 August 2013

The first magpie attack of the season was reported on the 23rd of August last year.
Coming up to the anniversary of that date, I wanted to invite Rioters to add pins to this google map, as swooping magpies are encountered this season.

Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

By 30 April 2013

Hannah has sent in this touching effort on the part of the local wildlife to heal the drunken damage to public art.
It’s good to see On The Staircase make it to three!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By 20 November 2012

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?
Specifically in the Inner South.

Magpie swoop causes paranoia

By 22 October 2012

Canberrans are tough enough to shrug off a magpie swooping.
Not so the good folks of Tuncurry.
A 10 year old girl was riding her bike and being swooped by a magpie. A passing good samaritan offered to drive her home, but she refused and he drove off.
By the time the story was reported by the ABC, [...]

Privyet Russkies!

By 25 September 2012

For reasons passing understanding a couple of Russian websites are taking an interest in last year’s story on magpies which included an image of cyclists with zip ties on their helmets.
We’re getting quite a bit of inbound traffic right now as Russians come to laugh at Canberrans silly helmets.

Whist you are being environmentally friendly, please be careful whilst the environment attacks you.

By 21 September 2012

I thought this was quite ironic at the Tugg recycling facility this morning.
So you do the right thing, recycle the things you should, and you get attacked by a magpie whilst doing so.
The council responds by putting up a sign saying watch out for the bird, it may swoop you.

[Got an image of Canberra [...]

First Blood of the Magpie Season

By 23 August 2012

On the bike path parallel to Kurungai Drive, where Spence an Fraser meet.
A cowardly attack from the rear by an overprotective magpie, shocked the living daylights out of me. Got me on the cheek, right next to the ear.
Time for magpie protective measure me thinks.

Move over Hitchcock. The Birds Canberra style

By 25 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The neighbourhood magpies have decided they hate me.
As soon as they hear the garage open, they come over to the house.
This is what swoop season looks like from the victims perspective.
They follow me for 2 blocks as I ride away, and eagerly greet me upon my return.
Anything I can do to let [...]

How A Sausage Roll Will Save Your Life (this magpie season)

By 21 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

scha•den•freu•de [shahd-n-froi-duh]
Satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
Magpies are schadenfreuden sunsubitches!
You can see it in their beady little eyes, and as the weather warms up so too does their appetite for causing fear and panic in the streets.
Having spent most of my life being unfairly targeted by these spring demons of the sky, [...]

With spring comes magpies. Break out the cable ties.

By 1 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory And Municipal Services are warning that it’s magpie time again:
With the warmer weather just around the corner Canberrans are urged to be aware that the magpie swooping season has begun.
“Magpies are an important part of the Canberra environment and for most of the year they are good neighbours. During the six week breeding season, [...]

Is it over? Swooping season that is…

By 18 October 2010

Ok Ok I know magpie swooping has featured on this site before – but my question is “is the swooping season over”?
As one who is petrified of said birds, and lives in an area populated by swoopers, I am keen to get back on my bike but not before I know the swooping season has come [...]


By 16 October 2010

Heyy guys, the name’s Leigh.
I’m 11, yes thats right, but I really need someones help.
The last two days on the way home from school (On my bicycle) I’ve been swooped and pecked at by male magpies. On the first day I was attacked by one but now I’m being attacked by the odd three.  It’s totally [...]

Swooping Magpies?

By 6 October 2010

My Daughter catches the bus to and  from school every day and we have a long driveway (200m), and every day she has to walk with a stick held straight above her head so she can get to and from the house.
I have watched this maggie and I don’t know how to stop him from [...]

Yes it’s Magpie Season!

By 29 September 2010

[photo by owen]
No, this is not a post about Collingwood (although hopefully they will get beaten this weekend!) but the other feathered variety of magpie, currently in battle season.
Now I get the whole “protecting the nest” thing, I really do.  Having been attacked on my bike several times over the past week, I was [...]

Magpies Starting Early

By 10 September 2010

Out walking the dogs with the missus and the young fella on his bike the other day when my young fella was swooped by a magpie.
He was about 30 metres in front of us and the magpie wasn’t getting that close so he was unaware but this is in the same area where we get [...]

For a good meal, the City Club is the place – to avoid at all costs

By 30 July 2010

Small footy clubs have long had a tradition of propping up players’ games fees with part-time work in the local pub or club. So perhaps that’s what’s going on at Garema Place’s Magpies City Club.
Regardless the reason, who ever is back there in the kitchen, it ain’t a cook.
Garlic bread: passable but strangely lacking anything [...]

Kamikaze Magpie Under Seige

By 2 October 2008

Allied Forces (ACT Parks people) were today seen mounting a counter attack to rid fair Ainslie of the Magpie menace that has terrorised local residents for the last four weeks. 
“He’s mad!” said one frightened resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. 
“The last month has been terrible. I can’t put on me lotto or have a cold one at [...]

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