MAG­PIE SEA­SON IS HERE

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle

WHILE they are or­di­nar­ily peace­ful, there is a pe­riod be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber when one of our coun­tries iconic birds be­comes de­fen­sive.

Mag­pie swoop­ing sea­son has be­gun in Dalby, as mag­pies look to de­fend their nests from per­ceived preda­tors.

They tend to at­tack from be­hind and peo­ple are en­cour­aged to move quickly through known mag­pie swoop­ing ar­eas.

Many res­i­dents have re­ported ar­eas where they have ei­ther been at­tacked or wit­nessed swoop­ing.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Smith said be­ing aware and tak­ing pre­cau­tion were very im­por­tant dur­ing this time of year.

“It is mag­pie sea­son and peo­ple should be aware the mag­pies’ are only try­ing to pro­tect their patch,” Cr Smith said.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to take pre­cau­tion, and if they must walk through an area which is a known mag­pie swoop­ing area, then some sort of head-wear would be ad­vis­able.”

In­for­ma­tion about the mag­pie sea­son can be found on the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil web­site.

Some tips sug­gested to avoid be­ing the vic­tim of a mag­pie at­tack is to wear hats, sun­glasses or carry an um­brella.

As mag­pies at­tack from be­hind, paint­ing or stick­ing eyes on the back of your hat or bike hel­met may work.

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

SWOOP­ING: Mag­pies de­fend­ing them­selves against per­ceived preda­tors has be­gun.

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