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Yes it’s Magpie Season!

By barbiekini - 29 September 2010 60

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?]

What’s Your opinion?


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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 4:06 pm 30 Sep 10

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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