While the spring season of birth passes quietly for many Australian native species, a few, like the Magpie can make renewal a bit rowdier.
The magpie breeding season lasts until November and can be stressful for many people as dive bombing Magpies turn our favourite outdoor places into no go zones.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Ranger Steve Woodhall says there are a few simple steps to take to avoid swooping magpies. “For most of the year Magpies are welcome additions to our lives, helping control garden pests, and filling our ears with their beautiful song,” Steve said.
“However, for around six weeks of the year, some male magpies become aggressive and swoop anyone who enters their territory where they are nesting.”
“This can be alarming but being tolerant and avoiding areas where Magpies are known to swoop is the best way to avoid conflict. They are only being responsible parents by protecting their young from perceived threats,” he said.
Some simple and effective steps people can take to help protect themselves and should teach children include:
• Never harass or provoke Magpies.
• Keep calm. Walk quickly but do not run.
• Try to keep your eye on the Magpie, they are less likely to swoop when they are being directly watched.
• Dismount your bicycle or horse.