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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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Nick Sundance 10:27 am 26 Nov 09

As a young tacker, I had a little trick for avoiding magpies – I ran all the way to school.

Magpies don’t go for hard targets.

Tooks 7:04 pm 24 Nov 09

vg said :

“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

Exactly, I think it was a Kambah kid. Most magpies are pretty harmless (flapping wings,clacking beak), but the really aggressive ones can cause serious injuries.

anonymous gungahlian 5:52 pm 24 Nov 09

caf said :

If you hand-feed the magpies in your area during the rest of the year, when it comes to swooping season they’ll remember you and won’t “bite the hand that feeds them”.

Too right, 6 years ago when I was in year 3 my family and I did just that so much that if we left our back door open, the magpies would walk inside squarking for pet mince, I would walk to school along a track near our house (we used to live in Stirling, Robert Comb Gardens) with many magpie nests during spring and never get swooped, infact they would walk up to me wanting to be fed more- my friends would not get swooped if they were with me as well. The worst thing you can do is throw sticks/rocks at them… because they’re smarter than you think.

GottaLoveCanberra 6:23 pm 23 Nov 09

Magpies will swoop whatever they perceive to be a threat to them or their young. So no, they’re not pests they’re doing what is natural to them.

I’ve even seen them swoop my stationary black car before.

You’ll also probably find that those magpies further out on the edges of town or in areas where there’s less human-bird cohabitation will appear to be more aggressive.

In my experience the best defense is to carry an umbrella/stick like object and place it above your shoulder pointing back while also maintaining visual contact in the direction of the bird. The stick will prevent the bird from getting to close and keeping an eye on it might prevent it from swooping at all.

Common signs of a magpie about to swoop include watching them fly up to a perch first, and then once on that perch/tree they’ll hunch down and steadily watch you. Usually the first sign of warning for those less aware of their surroundings is the whoosh whoosh of their wings or the clacking of their beaks. It’s for this reason that during swooping season I advise against using portable music devices, or if you do, at least leaving one earphone out.

Food for thought!

Inappropriate 3:44 pm 23 Nov 09

An umbrella?

icantbelieveitsnotbutter 3:44 pm 23 Nov 09

sloppery said :

vg said :

“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

Maybe that kid should watch where they’re going next time…

Well i’m sure they would… if they could see. Very Sympathetic you are

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