Swoop on tips for magpie season
Magpies breed between August and October and become territorial during this time in order to protect their young, hence why they swoop unsuspecting passers-by.
If you come across a territorial magpie, the Bunbury City Council is asking people to keep the following in mind:
Never deliberately provoke or harass a magpie. Throwing sticks or stones usually makes them more defensive. Magpies have good memories and they may continuously swoop a potential aggressor.
Avoid areas where magpies are known to swoop. Remember, magpie hostility lasts only a few weeks and they usually only defend a small area of about 100m radius around their nest.
Locate the bird and keep watching it when entering its territory. If it swoops, don’t crouch in fear or stop: move on quickly but don’t run.
When riding a bike make sure you wear a helmet, and dismount and walk through nesting magpie territory.
Wear a hat and sunglasses or carry an umbrella for protection. Magpies initially attack from behind but can swoop back around.
Adopt a confident stance as this can have a strong deterrent effect.
Remember that the magpies are just trying to protect their young.
Learning to live alongside wildlife is an important step towards building a better living environment and observing and listening to magpies can be an enjoyable experience.
If you find a sick or injured magpie contact the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.
For information on registered wildlife rehabilitators and centres who can assist you with your enquiry.
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