Tag Archives: swooping

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 [...]

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.

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.

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The Latham friarbird

By 6 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

This is a photo of a noisy friarbird which has swooped me and other walkers along the bike path in Latham, so those who travel that path beware.
And, magpies move over!
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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, [...]

Myna inconvenience

By 12 September 2011

So having not been swooped by a single magpie this season so far (even the one vicious near the Woden underpass seems to have retired), I’m surprised at how aggressive the Mynas have been instead.
Walking around the ANU where there is an abundance of Mynas I was being swooped left right and center.
I [...]

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 [...]

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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