Maggies swoop in during peak period
PERTH RESIDENTS are warned to watch out for swooping magpies at this time of year.
Australia’s Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife has warned the next six weeks is peak time for magpie swooping.
Chief executive of the foundation Susanna Bradshaw said it could be scary being swooped by a magpie, especially for children.
“They will only swoop for about six weeks of the year. September is usually the peak swooping month and then they will start to calm down and you can go about your business in peace again,” she said.
“The most common targets for magpies are people riding bicycles, young children and males, although each magpie will usually have its own target.
“These birds are very intelligent and will often approach from behind or from the direction of the sun to try and catch you unawares.”
Ms Bradshaw said people need to watch out for male magpies as female magpies do not swoop at all. Only 9 per cent of male mag- pies swoop, as they believe they are protecting their offspring.
“The worst thing you can do when a magpie is swooping you is to try and fight back,” she said.
“Throwing rocks or sticks at a magpie will only further aggravate it.”