Magpie swooping season in full flight
Aggressive bird relocated to reduce the risk of attack
AN AGGRESSIVE magpie that terrorised cyclists along the Valentine Plains Rd bikeway has been relocated.
In a rare and drastic move, Banana Shire Council organised for the male magpie to be relocated because the bird had become a risk to human safety.
Director of council services John McDougall said it was fairly rare for a bird to be relocated and it was not a step that was rushed into.
“In order for council to be able to take action to relocate a bird, due process needs to be followed in accordance with stringent Department of Environment and Heritage Protection guidelines,” Mr McDougall said.
“This includes documenting the history of aggressive attacks.
“Providing council with photographic evidence of an injury or video of an attack can be extremely beneficial.
“Due to this strict process around the relocation of a bird, the best course of action you can take is to avoid any areas where the bird is swooping.
“Council understands the inconvenience but would like to remind residents that this is a small sacrifice we make to live in such a fantastic part of the world where these birds are a protected species.”
Factors that need to be considered before a bird is relocated are: location of the bird and nest, stage of the nesting cycle, the type of attack, and whether the area can be avoided.
The male is relocated, while the female and the nest remain in place.
In most cases where a bird has been relocated, another male will move into the same territory to protect and nest anyway, and there is potential the new male could be even more aggressive than the bird removed.
It is important to remember that magpies remember their attacker, so if you attack a magpie, they will become more aggressive toward you.
An example of this is if children in a particular school uniform attack a magpie, the bird may then attack other children in the same uniform.
Magpies will generally only defend a radius of 150m.
One of the known magpie swooping locations in Biloela is Melton Park.
The magpie in this park seems to only swoop bicycles and mobility scooters
If using one of these vehicles, please travel around the perimeter of the park, or if using the park there is a bike rack located
across from the library.
Another known magpie swooping spot is Lions Park in Moura. The council advises to avoid using this park as a thoroughfare.
To report an affected area or particularly aggressive magpie, please phone the council on 4992 9500.
Magpies located on private property will have to be assessed by a licensed person offering magpie relocation services.
To report a swooping incident to the national magpie alert map, go to www.magpiealert.com. This can warn others in the area.
TAKE CARE: Two magpies swoop to defend their territory from a postman on a motorbike.
Cyclists are often targeted.