The warmer weather conditions this year even have the our black and white feathered friends confused.
Magpie breeding season has hit us – and before they hit you here’s a few things you need to know to see you safely through:
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses or shelter under an umbrella to protect your face from swooping magpies.
- If a magpie swoops while you are cycling, it will probably stop swooping if you get off your bike and walk.
- Avoid "defence zones” by taking alternative routes during the breeding season.
- Waving sticks or umbrellas in the air or attaching a brightly coloured flag on a long pole to your bicycle can stop magpies from swooping.
- Don't fight back if a magpie swoops. Throwing sticks and stones or yelling at a magpie are likely to make it more aggressive next time anyone enters the defence zone around their nest.
Contact Council to let them know where there is an issue with swooping birds so that warning signs can be erected.
Remember, the Magpie is protected by the State Government's Natural Conservation Act.