FLIGHT OF THE MAGPIES: Where they are swooping in Gympie
WE’RE barely through September, but it would already seem the Gympie region has been inundated with stroppy, swooping magpies hellbent on protecting their babies.
Just three days into October, the popular national neighbourhood tracking website Magpie Alert has seen six entries detailing encounters around the Gold City since swooping season began.
Here are the full details of all six attacks:
1. 13 Oconnell St, Gympie – September 8
Walking across the road and swooped twice – Reported by Sam C
2. 4 Apollonian Vale – August 16
Two swoops then gave up – Reported by “big fella”
3. 42 Apollonian Vale – August 19
Swooping magpie. Dangerous getting swooped whilst trying to ride a bike on a busy street – Reported by Naomi R
4. 26 Crown Rd – September 2
Swooping Maggie even whilst I was starring at him! – Reported by Naomi R
5. 6 Exhibition Rd, Southside – September 5
Running and continuous swooping – Reported by Chelsea D
6. 63 Sorensen Rd, Southside – August 26
Magpie swooped a couple of times and on one occasion hit my helmet. – Reported by Greg G
Thankfully, none of the victims reported suffering any injuries stemming from the attack of the “swoopy bois”.
To the south our Sunshine Coast neighbours have also been inundated with ferociously protective parents, with one person reporting an injury while being swooped at Eumundi, just south of Pomona.
Gympie Regional Council shared these tips for dealing with swooping maggies back in August:
– Remember that the swooping only happens for about six to eight weeks; this is the time from when the magpie eggs hatch and the chicks leave the nest.
– Don’t act aggressively towards the birds – they are just defending and protecting their young. And because they remember facial features, if you act aggressively this year, they may be more aggressive to you in future years.
– Move quickly through an area but don’t run. If you are riding a bike, get off, if possible, and walk through the space.
– Walking in groups can sometimes reduce swooping.
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat, use an umbrella or use another barrier to protect yourself.