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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.

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tea7 2:45 pm 22 Nov 12

maxblues said :

But if it comes to maggies vs moggies, I’m on the maggies side.

I can’t blame them for protecting their little ones, I just wish they could sense that I come in peace!

fabforty said :

What about plovers ? Have they finished their reign of terror yet ?

Oh geez, I didn’t know plovers were an issue in Canberra. I got swooped by a pair of them in north Queensland last year and reacted by screaming and hitting the ground with my arms folded above my head (Cold War era duck-and-cover style). Don’t think my coworkers could take me seriously anymore if they saw me pull that one while en route to work.

Really appreciate the contributions to the map so far!

maxblues 1:25 pm 22 Nov 12

I’m with you, again Djinny. Find magpies to be intelligent, sociable birds, especially if you provide them with some shaded water to splash in during hot weather and feed some the occasional bit of mince (but not so much that they get dependent on it). I have never been swooped by magpies in Canberra, but have had a sadistic chuckle at postie on motorbike going flatout with magpie inches from helmet maintaining same speed as motorbike. I have been swooped by a persistent currawong and was once harassed so badly by a pair of plovers outside a Belco printing works, that the boys ‘rescued’ me by calling me into the printing works and letting me out the back door.
But if it comes to maggies vs moggies, I’m on the maggies side.

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