First magpie attack of the 2017 season

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby victor » Wed 04 Sep 2019, 12:12 pm

deanderwent wrote:The fightback begins.. https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ing-magpie

It shows how destructive humans are: a few humans get injured by a magpie, and the solution is to kill it. :roll:

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby cyclotaur » Wed 04 Sep 2019, 5:38 pm

One belt on the shoulder from a magpie last weekend - first of the season for me here in Melbourne. But there’s been a busy spur-winged plover for the past two weeks on one of my regular routes.

They are pretty harmless, I just keep riding. :wink:
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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Mike.Ayling » Thu 05 Sep 2019, 8:14 am

Are they later than usual this year?

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Daicos Mullets » Thu 05 Sep 2019, 8:28 am

Mike.Ayling wrote:Are they later than usual this year?

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I was actually thinking that myself on my commute yesterday morning, as a juvenile magpie flew alongside me for a short period. In the last few years along that section of Cheddar Rd, I've regularly been swooped. Nothing this year so far.

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 05 Sep 2019, 2:38 pm

Had a couple of "close passes" on the MYT near St Kevs today, a bit unusual for such a busy trail.
Not full on attacks, just "escorted" flying.

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Canuck » Sat 07 Sep 2019, 7:45 pm

Yesterday, two within a few kms of each other. Both quite persistent and aggressive.
Planning to do the same quick ride again early tomorrow, so will see if they're as keen in the likely cold and possibly rainy weather...

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Madrider » Sun 08 Sep 2019, 2:36 pm

Had my 1st Maggie swoop back on the 25th August on McNabs Road Keilor and another few (2-3) yesterday on the O'Keefe Rail Trail.

Also have a number of non-maggie (possibly Wattle birds??) swoops on my Postie round in Sunshine :( although these birds seem to be very good at swooping close but don't try to make contact.
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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby Frosty » Tue 10 Sep 2019, 7:25 am

We have 2 magpies sitting in the trees out the front of our apartment. I sit on our balcony and watch them swoop at people using the shared path.

I have been swooped and hit by their wings about 15 times last week during my rides. They didn't do any harm.

BUT I watched one guy riding on the road and as the magpie swooped he put up his right hand and veered right across the road into the right hand lane and he was so lucky not to be hit by a car. That incident was extremely scary.

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Re: First magpie attack of the 2017 season

Postby clipperton » Mon 16 Sep 2019, 7:34 am

be careful out there folks.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/16/cyclist-dies-after-crashing-while-under-attack-by-swooping-magpie

Cyclist dies after crashing while under attack by swooping magpie

A man has died of head injuries after he was startled by a magpie and crashed his bicycle in Wollongong.

The 76-year-old was riding a pushbike on an off-road path alongside Nicholson Park at Woonona on Sunday morning when he veered off to avoid a swooping magpie, witnesses reported.

He hit a fence post and was thrown to the ground, suffering serious head injuries. He was airlifted to St George hospital in a critical condition and died in the evening.

Australia is entering prime magpie swooping season with the onset of spring, as the birds target cyclists and pedestrians who venture near their nests.

This month a Sydney council shot dead a “particularly aggressive magpie” that had allegedly swooped and injured people over several years, including one case in which a victim had a heart attack.
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