Flowers are blooming, bugs are everywhere, and, of course, magpies are back, and they're angry.
That’s right, the winner of 2018 Australian Bird Of The Year the Australian Magpie is looking to secure its future and protect its offspring, and it has the top of your head in its sight.
The good news for you is that some kind-hearted soul who's been swooped by magpies one too many times has put together a handy website, Magpie Alert, that lists everywhere in Australia magpies are currently swooping, and even where they're so agressive that injuries have occured.
The locations are all added by magpie victims, and you can contribute to the map yourself—just find the location where you were recently terrified and pin it to the map. You’re doing everyone else out there a service. Find the map here.
Also, the Brisbane City Council has put together some handy tips to get you through the next couple of months without fearing for your life, read on.
- Avoid areas where these birds are nesting during the breeding season
- If you are swooped, leave the area as quickly as possible but do not run
- Wear a hat or carry an umbrella
- Wear glasses to protect your eyes
- Do not interfere with the birds or their nest as this may increase swooping behaviour
- Watch the birds while walking away quickly—it is less likely to swoop if it knows you're watching
- Never harass or provoke birds as this makes them more defensive and may lead to a worse attack next time
- Do not touch a young bird.
- If you are riding your bike, stick eyespots, a plastic face or attach cable ties to your helmet
Again, if you know where these swoopers are hanging out, add it to the map here.
Once the season is over, take a stroll under Brisbane's most beautiful jacaranda trees.
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