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Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By tea7 - 20 November 2012 22

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?

Specifically in the Inner South.

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
Is magpie swooping season over for another year?
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FioBla 11:57 am
20 Nov 12
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I think so.

The Magpies suck.

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Rawhide Kid Part3 12:10 pm
20 Nov 12
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Not quite.

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Hosinator 12:24 pm
20 Nov 12
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I haven’t been swooped for about two weeks and I had two magpies on my ride route swooping me. I ride from Weston Creek to the Parliamentary Triangle.

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Eirlys 12:31 pm
20 Nov 12
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I would say yes as I have a friendly currawong defending his babies swoop me over October BUT I also think they lull you into a false sense of security and have one more protective swoop before its over.

And yes it was a currawong, not a magpie.

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Rollersk8r 4:02 pm
20 Nov 12
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Yes it’s generally safe now… although I will never forget being swooped on Christmas Eve once.

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PoQ 4:54 pm
20 Nov 12
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Generally swooping season runs from Floriade to Melbourne Cup Day.

I’ve always thought that the noise of setting up Floriade drives the magpies out of Commonwealth Park, which makes them so angry that they take it out on passers-by. By Melbourne Cup Day Floriade is over and has been packed away, so the maggies are back in the park, relaxed and comfortable again.

Let this be yet another indictment on Floriade. Floriade? Boooo!

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Jethro 6:32 pm
20 Nov 12
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I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

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poetix 7:02 pm
20 Nov 12
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Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Oh dear! I hope you didn’t put a dent in your Mallard Star.

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bundah 7:38 pm
20 Nov 12
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poetix said :

Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Oh dear! I hope you didn’t put a dent in your Mallard Star.

As poetix would say at least you’ll know where to send the bill.

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Girt_Hindrance 9:11 pm
20 Nov 12
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bundah said :

poetix said :

Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Oh dear! I hope you didn’t put a dent in your Mallard Star.

As poetix would say at least you’ll know where to send the bill.

Damn, hope you didn’t feel too much of a goose, nor need a trip to the local quack afterwards…

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zorro29 9:40 am
21 Nov 12
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Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Me too! Near Kings Ave Bridge…the duck charged at me for trying to look at the ducklings and I was only going to eat 2 of them!!!

Thankfully I didn’t fall off my bike but it sure threw me off balance.

Back to the original question…I haven’t seen magpies swooping the last few weeks; a few currawongs are still at it though and the ducks have upped the ante. I live in the inner south and they have been fine lately but maybe they just know my face.

I hate magpie season 🙁

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maxblues 10:47 am
21 Nov 12
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poetix said :

Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Oh dear! I hope you didn’t put a dent in your Mallard Star.

One night on holidays, we were in a packed pub in the Cotswolds, England. Amongst other intriguing memorabilia was the biggest (stuffed) duck that I have ever seen. I asked a local, on my left, what type of duck it was. He wasn’t sure, so asked the drinker on his left, which continued around the pub. Eventually, the drinker on my right, told me the duck was a mallard. When I passed this onto the drinker on my left, he said “Mallard, mallard…that was a famous steam locomotive that broke a speed record…how fast did it go?” He then posed the question to the drinker on his left who then passed the question on around the pub before a drinker on my right passed on the answer. You don’t have to be a dux when people will share their knowledge of ducks.

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Mav 11:10 am
21 Nov 12
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Jethro said :

I got attacked by a duck the other day as I cycled around Lake Burley Griffin.

I fell off my bike. It was most embarrassing.

Well as they say “If it walks like one, sounds like one and looks like one then it probably is a Magpie!” lol

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tea7 4:38 pm
21 Nov 12
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Thank you for your responses! I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone in hating this time of year. I have an embarrassing fear of birds, and so even the 1km walk to work is stressful. And letting my bike gather dust breaks my heart a little!
I’ve started a google map to track the locations of aggressive birds around Canberra http://goo.gl/maps/H41l1… obviously it would have been more useful at the beginning of the season, but at least it will be set up for next year. Anyone with a google account can add a placemark where they’ve encountered an angry bird (including currawongs and ducks!). Hopefully this will go a little way to reducing the human-bird conflicts in the Canberra region!

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fabforty 9:04 pm
21 Nov 12
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What about plovers ? Have they finished their reign of terror yet ?

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