Season of mad magpies is in full flight
MAGPIE season is in full swing, kicking off a six-week reign of terror to postmen, pedestrians and everyone in between.
A relentless bird has been keeping guard over Spica Reserve in Erskine Park this week.
According to magpiealert.com, at least two people have been swooped and injured by magpies while walking through the reserve in the past month.
Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife chief executive officer Susanna Bradshaw said people should remain calm if they came under attack.
“It is important to remember not all magpies swoop … In fact it is estimated only 9 per cent of magpies swoop,” Ms Bradshaw said. “September is usually the peak swooping month and they will start to calm down and you can go about your business.”
Ms Bradshaw said magpies were highly intelligent and individual birds would often have their own targets based on past experiences. “There is a method to this madness as scientists believe magpies swoop people who look like someone who has bothered them in the past,” she said.
Penrith Council has magpie warning signs at Poplar Park in North St Marys, Spica Reserve in Erskine Park and along the perimeter of Cook and Banks playing fields in St Clair.
Blacktown Council does not have any signs in place, however incidents have been reported along the M7 cycleway in Eastern Creek, at Mt Druitt Park in Mt Druitt and along Bunting St, Emerton.
Reporter Jillian McKee gets her head down just in time as the angry magpie attacks and (inset) the aftermath of the terrifying encounter.