Yes it’s Magpie Season!

barbiekini 29 September 2010 59

magpie protection [photo by owen]

No, this is not a post about Collingwood (although hopefully they will get beaten this weekend!) but the other feathered variety of magpie, currently in battle season.

Now I get the whole “protecting the nest” thing, I really do. Having been attacked on my bike several times over the past week, I was wondering if there are some helpful suggestions out there as to how to combat the problem.

Do those plastic ties sticking out from the helmet actually work?

Oh and I have tried getting off my bike and walking through the killing fields but this doesn’t seem to work.

[ED – I’ve been swooped more this year than any other, how about the rest of you?]


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keepitup keepitup 9:37 pm 13 Oct 10

Ryan said :

I encountered one near the skate park at Greenway the weekend before last. Took a swoop at me whilst I was riding, so I got off and walked. Took another shot, and ignored several other people who rode straight past me.

Picky bastard.

That picky bastard drew blood from my cheek a couple of days ago.

6matt9 6matt9 1:07 pm 08 Oct 10

caf said :

It’s an old ‘un but a good ‘un: some enterprising local CSIRO employees tested various ideas, with an interesting result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wHreVKgOT4

Great video. Very interesting result. Cable tie helmet nerds piss me off!

Tooks Tooks 5:02 pm 03 Oct 10

vg said :

“I regularly get attacked by a fairly viscous one”

A liquid maggie? Is it like one out of The Matrix?

I was thinking more like the guy in Terminator 2.

p1 p1 2:20 pm 03 Oct 10

vg said :

“I regularly get attacked by a fairly viscous one”

A liquid maggie? Is it like one out of The Matrix?

But a fairly viscous one would be slow-moving surely? It is the low viscosity ones you have to look out for.

vg vg 8:22 am 03 Oct 10

“I regularly get attacked by a fairly viscous one”

A liquid maggie? Is it like one out of The Matrix?

missanonymous missanonymous 7:39 pm 02 Oct 10

UGH I hate magpies now. I never ever got swooped once in Adelaide but here in the Berra I’ve become a real target, though I’m a pedestrian not a cyclist or a postie! What I don’t understand is why they seem to attack some people heaps, where as others never ever get it? Is it like mozzie bites or something?

Tooks Tooks 1:24 pm 01 Oct 10

barbiekini said :

and does anyone know how many days/weeks an individual magpie will protect its nest for? Are they over it in a couple of days? or does it take a few weeks?

I think they’re territorial for about 6 weeks.

Kuku Kuku 5:30 pm 30 Sep 10

Perhaps someone can tell me why maggies particularly hate posties? At this time of year I’ve yet to see a postie on their bike not getting swooped. Do maggies have some sort of magpie collective where they compare postie swooping stats? Are they just speciest against posties?

KB1971 KB1971 4:10 pm 30 Sep 10

barbiekini said :

and does anyone know how many days/weeks an individual magpie will protect its nest for? Are they over it in a couple of days? or does it take a few weeks?

It usually lasts about a month, until the chick is old enough to leave the nest.

Captain RAAF brings teh funnay!!!!!!!!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 4:06 pm 30 Sep 10

I thought the cable ties were for people in disguise as knobheads.

Marvin_78 Marvin_78 3:47 pm 30 Sep 10

Punter said :

Marvin_78 #22, how did your mates head survice in that encounter?

Head was totally fine… The human was a little confused, but injury free.

astrojax said :

Marvin_78 said :

Poor maggie lucked out and didn’t make it…

‘lucked out’ is an american phrase and, counterintuitively, means ‘accrued good fortune’ [not bad]… just thought you should know.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=LUCKED%20OUT

Thanks for letting me know. Next time I go to America I’ll be sure to use the term correctly.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:44 pm 30 Sep 10

enrique said :

People that wear zip ties on their helmets are scared little sheep.

I agree with Punter #27 – they’re wearing a helmet FFS – if that doesn’t protect someone then nothing will. I’m surpised people like this have the guts to get on a bike at all.

It’s the equivalent of someone wearing elbow guards all the time because they’re scared they might bump their funny bone.

The helmet protects against a top hit but the wily wee birdies have worked out they need to come in from the side and take a piece out of the ear. Additionally it’s much less of a shock to have a beak clack inches above a helmet rather than the surprise of a beak hitting the helmet.

So, no points for your post, go to last place and think before you post next time.

barbiekini barbiekini 3:23 pm 30 Sep 10

and does anyone know how many days/weeks an individual magpie will protect its nest for? Are they over it in a couple of days? or does it take a few weeks?

Thumper Thumper 3:14 pm 30 Sep 10

regularly get attacked by a fairly viscous one right on the corner of the back path

Nothing worse than a viscous magpie flowing over you.

mark karlson mark karlson 2:08 pm 30 Sep 10

I’ve even been swooped by more Mynahs this year than normal, and thats while walking not riding

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 2:03 pm 30 Sep 10

astrojax said :

Marvin_78 said :

Poor maggie lucked out and didn’t make it…

‘lucked out’ is an american phrase and, counterintuitively, means ‘accrued good fortune’ [not bad]… just thought you should know.

Indeed. But this is not America. Plus, Americans don’t speak or write English.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:48 pm 30 Sep 10

Roadrage77 said :

PS. KB1971 – he got me too! Walkers don’t seem to incur his wrath though, just cyclists.

The training has worked!

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 1:16 pm 30 Sep 10

As mentioned earlier, Tennis racquets work well but I prefer the spring loaded fly swats that look like little pistols. Strap a pair to your waiste, General Patton style and give the little buggers a surprise when their on short finals to your eye.

The dead bodies also make excellent baits for cat traps.

thy_dungeonman thy_dungeonman 1:14 pm 30 Sep 10

I regularly get attacked by a fairly viscous one right on the corner of the back path at near the intersection of Melrose drive and hind-marsh drive, it usually spots me from quite far away and will attack for a while, pushing my helmet about, I try and bunch up my shoulders to protect my neck, but I’m thinking of putting wire on my helmet with sharpened ends, that way he only has himself to blame if he comes of second-best.

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 12:31 pm 30 Sep 10

I’ve been swooped 7 times in two shortish bike rides on the Southside. Can’t help but wonder whether my red helmet is like waiving a red rag. It’s a shame because spring time is such a beautiful time for a ride but it’s hard to enjoy it when you’re constantly looking over your shoulder.

PS. KB1971 – he got me too! Walkers don’t seem to incur his wrath though, just cyclists.

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