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 Sunshine Coast.
Magpie Swooping Hot Spots
There have been reported swooping at Northbrook Street Park, and on Shannon Ct and Kilbride Ct, so walk or cycle with care in those areas.
It's probably no surprise but there have been quite a few swoopings on Queen Of Colonies Parade, at Moffat Beach so watch your head.
Hideaway St in Birtinya is a massive magpie swooping hot spot at the moment, as well as Akuna St, so be careful if you’re around these areas.
There’s a massive magpie cluster on Lamatia Drive in Mountain Creek, so steer clear unless you want to get swooped.
There have been a few swoops around Alex but someone reported getting swooped at injured around First Ave in Maroochydore, so tread with care.
Beacon Crescent in Sunrise Beach also seems to be getting quite a bit of swooping activity at the moment.
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.
- 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.
- 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—but 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.
Now that you're prepared against magpies, here are the prettiest walks on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Urban List Melbourne