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First Blood of the Magpie Season

By basketcase - 23 August 2012 32

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.

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6matt9 10:38 am 24 Aug 12

6matt9 said :

Thumper said :

Fantastic.

I love the cheeky little buggers.

I love them too. And I had some really scary swooping incidents as a kid… picked ear… clawed head… terrorised countless times. But I still think they are awesome. I’d swoop people too (if I could fly).

That should be ‘pecked’ ear…

Stevian 10:38 am 24 Aug 12

Antagonist said :

troll-sniffer said :

I started feeding them. Not much, just the leftover fat from bacon etc cut into insect sized slivers.

If you are going to feed them (as I occasionally do myself) please use lean meat. It better mimics their natural foods.

Adding a little Ratsak would improve the stuation imeasurably

6matt9 10:33 am 24 Aug 12

Thumper said :

Fantastic.

I love the cheeky little buggers.

I love them too. And I had some really scary swooping incidents as a kid… picked ear… clawed head… terrorised countless times. But I still think they are awesome. I’d swoop people too (if I could fly).

neanderthalsis 9:58 am 24 Aug 12

Pork Hunt said :

I am a fan of the cable tied bike helmet. Anything that gets those modern day pterodactyls further away from my scone has to be a good thing…

But the CSIRO have shown that cable ties do nothing except make you look like a twat:

http://the-riotact.com/what-magpies-swoop/14792

eily 9:28 am 24 Aug 12

50 plus magpies flying into backyard for feed: impressive
One maggie following into kitchen: messy

Antagonist 11:32 pm 23 Aug 12

troll-sniffer said :

I started feeding them. Not much, just the leftover fat from bacon etc cut into insect sized slivers.

If you are going to feed them (as I occasionally do myself) please use lean meat. It better mimics their natural foods.

bundah 10:55 pm 23 Aug 12

harvyk1 said :

fernandof said :

Do they actually aim to harm or just fly stupidly close to scare?
I’m asking because I’m a cyclist an need to think what kind of protection to start using. For example, would glasses be sufficient or should I think of a more tough eye protection?

Most of the time they just fly stupidly close to scare… But every so often one will inflict some damage such as cuts and bruises. There are cases where a magpie has caused serious damage to someone (eg caused serious eye damage where the person has lost vision in that eye) but it’s pretty rare.

A set of sunglasses is probably not a bad idea, but ultimately the best solution is to simply find a way to go which doesn’t take you through their territory. Avoid open fields or grassed area’s, also keep an eye out for them sitting on high places such as lamp posts, that’s usually a good sign that one is about to have a go at you.

Of course there are always extraordinary cases eg. the killer magpie!
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/swooping-magpie-blamed-for-death-of-ipswich-boy-who-was-hit-by-a-car/story-e6freoof-1225916411678

breda 10:05 pm 23 Aug 12

+1 for throwing a few meat scraps to the locals – they become lifelong friends. Mine wander across the back verandah and tapon the back door if they sense that I’m holding out on them.

Not much use for commuters, though. I was swooped walking on Kings Ave towards PH not long after I came here, delivering some folders to the Minister’s office. It was very scary indeed, and this one’s territory was several hundred metres along King’s Ave. Luckily, the folders provided a bit of protection.

And yes, I recall a story in the CT a few years ago where a maggie in deepest suburbia took out a small child’s eye. Apparently this bird was near a shopping centre and there had been numerous complaints to the ACT Govt about its aggressive behaviour, but as with dangerous trees, they were in the thrall of nutty environmentalists and said that Nature was more important than human safety.

I am fond of my local maggies, but they are far from endangered and most of them are not a danger to us. Why they won’t remove the odd one that is a serious menace is hard to comprehend.

Jivrashia 8:05 pm 23 Aug 12

Got me on the cheek, right next to the ear.
Time for magpie protective measure me thinks.

HTFU and grow some SIDEBURNS.

Pork Hunt 5:34 pm 23 Aug 12

I am a fan of the cable tied bike helmet. Anything that gets those modern day pterodactyls further away from my scone has to be a good thing…

Antagonist 5:11 pm 23 Aug 12

Sammy said :

cowardly attack

On the contrary, I think the magpie showed great courage in attacking something about a hundred times its size.

The magpie is a sucker-punching little b!tch. Rego for magpies and speed camera’s could have prevented this.

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