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Find Out Where Magpie Swooping Hot Spots Are On The Gold Coast With This Handy Map

By Ioana Dragnef
29th Sep 2020

a magpie flying through the sky

Flowers are blooming, bugs are everywhere, and, of course, magpies are back, and they're angry. That’s right, 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 the Magpie Alert website is alive and well and helps you track down the hot spots where these pesky predators hang out. But just in case, here's a quick rundown of the most reported magpie swooping hot spots on the Gold Coast.

Magpie Swooping Hot Spots

Southport

Several people have reported getting swooped and injured on Marine Parade, where there seems to be heightened activity around the Southport Fishing & Dive Centre, so watch out.

Broadbeach Waters

Apparently you'll want to stay away the Hooker and Rio Vista boulevards, where a few people reported they've gotten swooped and injured while cycling. Ouch.

Miami

Duck for cover if you're in the vicinity of Ernie Tebb Park, particularly on the side of Mountain View Avenue, where several people were swooped while running. You'll also want to watch your back if you're trotting down Nobby Parade, Pacific Ave, Santa Monica Rd and some parts of the Gold Coast Highway. Apparently magpies love Miami?

Robina

There's some magpie activity around Robina, particularly around Manly and Newport Drive, so watch your heads.

Elanora

If you enjoy getting swooped by angry magpies, then Murtha Drive seems to be a fun place to hang out.

Varsity Lakes

Someone reported getting swooped and injured while cycling around John Duncan Ct in Varsity and we believe them.

Burleigh Heads

If you value your life, you'll want to take it easy on The Esplanade, as there have been several swoopings there.

Currumbin

Wear a helmet and keep your eyes peeled on Duringan/Pacific Parade in Currumbin, unless you enjoy getting swooped. 

Magpie Swooping Tips

To help you out, we've put together some handy tips to get you through the next couple of months without fearing for your life, so read on.

  1. Know Your Local Swooping Hotspots | Keep informed about parks, schoolyards and bike trails in your local area by reading your local newspapers, hitting up Magpie Alert or contacting your local council.
  2. Avoid The Area | The best way to protect yourself from a swooping bird is to avoid venturing into their territory.
  3. Move Quickly | If you must pass through the area—move quickly—do not run.
  4. Cover Your Head | Wear a hat or carry a stick or umbrella above your head. Cyclists should wear a helmet, dismount and walk through the area.
  5. Eyes At The Back Of Your Head | Birds may be less likely to swoop if they think you are watching them. Draw a pair of ‘eyes’ and attach to the back of hats and helmets.
  6. Do Not Harass Wildlife | Don’t interfere with or throw stones at birds. This gives them added reason to see humans as a threat and may increase swooping behaviour.
  7. Do Not Destroy Nests | This may prompt birds to rebuild their nests, prolonging the swooping behaviour.
  8. Don’t Feed Swooping Birds | This may encourage swooping behaviour.
  9. Travel In A Group | If possible, try to travel in a group in areas where there are swooping birds.
  10. Notify Others | Put up warning signs for others who may not be aware that there are swooping birds in the area, or ask your council to do so.

Again, if you know where these swoopers are hanging out, add it to the map here.

Now that you're prepared against magpies, here are all the best outdoor spring activities on the Gold Coast.

Image credit: Urban List Melbourne

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