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 the Department Of Environment, Land, Water and Planning—try saying that three times fast—has thrown together a handy guide of where to watch your loaf of bread, and also which birds to watch out for.
You can even add to the map yourself, just find the location where you were recently terrified and add it. You’re doing your state a service.
Find the map here.
Also, the DELWP has put together some handy tips to get you through the next couple of months without fearing for your life, read on.
- Know Your Local Swooping Hotspots | Keep informed about parks, schoolyards and bike trails in your local area by reading your local newspapers, viewing Victoria’s ‘Magpie Map’ on this link or contacting your local council.
- Avoid The Area | The best way to protect yourself from a swooping bird is to avoid venturing into their territory.
- Move Quickly | If you must pass through the area—move quickly—do not run.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do Not Destroy Nests | This may prompt birds to rebuild their nests, prolonging the swooping behaviour.
- Don’t Feed Swooping Birds | This may encourage swooping behaviour.
- Travel In A Group | If possible, try to travel in a group in areas where there are swooping birds.
- 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.
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