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Yes it’s Magpie Season!

By barbiekini - 29 September 2010 60

magpie protection [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 wondering if there are some helpful suggestions out there as to how to combat the problem. 

Do those plastic ties sticking out from the helmet actually work? 

Oh and I have tried getting off my bike and walking through the killing fields but this doesn’t seem to work.

[ED – I’ve been swooped more this year than any other, how about the rest of you?]

What’s Your opinion?


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Yes it’s Magpie Season!
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caf 2:25 pm
29 Sep 10
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It’s an old ‘un but a good ‘un: some enterprising local CSIRO employees tested various ideas, with an interesting result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wHreVKgOT4

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Holditz 2:26 pm
29 Sep 10
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Previous discussion about Magpie season

http://the-riotact.com/?p=27618

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KB1971 2:27 pm
29 Sep 10
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Have a look at youtube, some ANU students did a study a couple of years ago & it seems that the best prevention method is no helmet………..

There is a link to it on The Berm.

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KB1971 2:28 pm
29 Sep 10
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Thats the one caf :)

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Chop71 2:40 pm
29 Sep 10
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I hate the bird and the football team…. I hope they choke again this weekend and nothing stops a swooping magpie like a tennis racket.

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astrojax 2:59 pm
29 Sep 10
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i love the bird, its song is among my favourite of all sounds. the team can hopefully lose by a point! (i doubt it will though, possibly take it in a canter…)

i trust you’re joking about the racquet..? be nice to maggies, what.

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preacher 3:07 pm
29 Sep 10
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Hey Chop,

I hope you’re a kid. Because if I ever see an adult hurting an animal, I’m likely to turn into the Hulk and go smash.
Or at least whip out my video camera, and film you doing it.

Also, it’s a federal offence, just in case you weren’t aware.

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luther_bendross 3:12 pm
29 Sep 10
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I watched a dude on a bike getting smashed by a magpie last Thursday. I lol’d. Then as I got closer, I rofl’d as I saw he was also wearing those massive cable tie thingy’s. They don’t repel magpies, however they do seem to be mutually exclusive to common sense.

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niftydog 3:14 pm
29 Sep 10
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I copped an early half-beaked attempt out at Stromlo in August, but haven’t had a problem since. The infamous CSIRO maggie has either moved or has become jaded by his celebrity status – have only seen him swoop once so far. There’s even a nest in my front yard, but they don’t seem to bother any people.

I don’t get the cable ties at all. It doesn’t seem to discourage swooping at all as far as I can tell. Unless you’re in the midst of a completely bonkers kamikaze magpie, the best solution is to spot them before they see you and keep an eye on them – they normally won’t swoop while you’re watching them.

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imarty 3:20 pm
29 Sep 10
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There’s two locations near my joint where last year there was one, maybe the son from last year’s brood?
These ones will still go you when you’re watching them and they’ll come in low from the front also.

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troll-sniffer 3:40 pm
29 Sep 10
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Definitely a worse season than the last few years, I’ve been swooped multiple times in places normally safe, even by my normally placid local across the street. Scored a cut temple in Fyshwick on the weekend, first time ever, and that was after getting off the bike and walking, no helmet either. My local one bounced off my temple today, luckily it didn’t use its beak as well.

I’ve taken to picking up a stick and swinging it around my head when I’m in the territory of a swooper that I’ve come across, that keeps them at bay, even without looking at them. Damn nuisance though, riding one-handed while swinging the stick around above the head. Better than copping a hit though.

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johnboy 3:43 pm
29 Sep 10
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Bike polo to the rescue!

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blueberry 3:51 pm
29 Sep 10
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I think the point of the zip ties is not to stop them swooping you but so that when they do they swoop the top of the zip ties which are a good 10cm above your head rather than your helmet which is closer to things like your face, seems to make sense to me.

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Chop71 3:56 pm
29 Sep 10
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preacher said :

Hey Chop,

I hope you’re a kid. Because if I ever see an adult hurting an animal, I’m likely to turn into the Hulk and go smash.
Or at least whip out my video camera, and film you doing it.

Also, it’s a federal offence, just in case you weren’t aware.

ahh preacher ….. cos being a kid would make it A’OK

can I have my hook back?

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Thoroughly Smashed 4:18 pm
29 Sep 10
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I like magpies

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