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How can I be safe going to school without getting swooped?

By Zach789 - 21 November 2009 26

As a primary school student I am always careful about not getting hurt but recently I have been getting swooped by magpies.

I leave my house at 7 am to get to school early and I where my new york flat cap and the sun makes my cap shine and when it does me and my friends get swooped.

How can I go to school here in Canberra with my friends without getting swooped by magpies?

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How can I be safe going to school without getting swooped?
niftydog 9:22 am 23 Nov 09

To add to the barrage of useful suggestions above…

Obviously you know where the magpies are, so keep an eye out for them before you get into the swooping zone. When you get close to them make sure that at least one of your group keeps staring at the magpie at all times. Magpies are very unlikely to swoop if they know you’re watching them. They might come down and have a bit of a squawk at you, but they shouldn’t dive-bomb you while you’re looking at them – that’s why they always come from behind.

Don’t try to hit them with sticks or anything like that – they are a protected species and if you harm one you could be fined.

I thought swooping season was over – I haven’t been attacked in weeks.

Jim Jones 9:02 am 23 Nov 09

Aeek said :

Enough children like to tease magpies, no surprise that the favour is returned.

A new high point for Riot Act: telling primary school students that they had it coming, and to ‘toughen up’.

Nice one guys.

vg 10:57 pm 22 Nov 09

“You could also try just hardening up – magpies are annoying, but only that.”

Tell that to the kid blinded on the southside a few years ago by a swooping magpie. But you know it all….I forgot

Aeek 8:54 pm 22 Nov 09

Enough children like to tease magpies, no surprise that the favour is returned.

KidKenosha 5:33 pm 22 Nov 09

No, I tweaked a bit too. When I was a primary school student, I went out of the way to get myself into as many dangerous, dirty and fun situations as I possibly could – and I’m a better person for it.

To the OP: find a different way to walk, or carry a stick. You could also try just hardening up – magpies are annoying, but only that.

Dork 4:39 pm 22 Nov 09

“As a Primary school student…”

Am i the only one that finds this weird…?

bd84 3:50 pm 22 Nov 09

predators too..

bd84 3:49 pm 22 Nov 09

harryhaller said :

bd84 said :

Magpies don’t naturally swoop humans, the ones that do are just pests.

Out of curiosity: with what authority are you making such a claim, especially the latter part of the sentence?

Magpies swoop to protect their young from their preditors i.e. those who attack, kill and eat, normally other birds and animals such as cats. It’s that reason that the majority of magpies do not swoop humans, the small number that do are pests.

georgesgenitals 3:45 pm 22 Nov 09

Hazza said :

Walk in a group. I’ve found that you wont get dive bombed if you have some friends around.

Especially those ratbags you hung with at uni, eh Hazza? 😉

Hazza 10:01 am 22 Nov 09

Walk in a group. I’ve found that you wont get dive bombed if you have some friends around.

Rawhide Kid No 2 8:52 am 22 Nov 09

Whear a wig over your helmet………It works for those CSIRO blokes.

http://www.youtube.com/user/gib395#p/a/u/1/9wHreVKgOT4

http://www.youtube.com/user/gib395#p/a/u/0/ES_n4DgJDHs

harryhaller 8:18 pm 21 Nov 09

bd84 said :

Magpies don’t naturally swoop humans, the ones that do are just pests.

Out of curiosity: with what authority are you making such a claim, especially the latter part of the sentence?

vg 6:33 pm 21 Nov 09

Get your mum or dad to drive you. Unlikely to happen then

Lenient 4:33 pm 21 Nov 09

put cable ties on your cap

bd84 3:07 pm 21 Nov 09

Magpies don’t naturally swoop humans, the ones that do are just pests. There’s not a lot you can do about it other than find another route. The swooping season should be about finished as the babies are now all fairly big.

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