On mag­gies’ side, de­spite the at­tacks

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

MAG­PIE sea­son may be in full swing, but Stanthorpe cy­clist Richard Bon­ner isn’t too fazed about their swoop­ing.

“I’ve been hit plenty of times and I’ve had blood drawn from ears and cheeks,” Mr Bon­ner said.

“It’s just na­ture do­ing its job. They’re do­ing what all par­ents should do and keep their chil­dren safe and pro­tect them and they see us as a threat. ”

He was more con­cerned about kan­ga­roos than mag­pies.

“A mag­pie is not go­ing to knock you off your bike and a kan­ga­roo can and there’s a lot on the sides of the road look­ing for the green pick.”

He said there were some tricks to es­cap­ing the birds.

“What I usu­ally do is keep rid­ing and keep my head down low,” he said.

“I al­ways wear glasses so my eyes are pro­tected and just keep rid­ing so I’m out of their range.”

Mr Bon­ner said he had no­ticed the birds on Amos­field Road, Brunck­horst Av­enue and around Dalveen.

■ FACT: A group of Mag­pies is known as a “par­lia­ment”. The ti­tle comes from of­ten ap­pear­ing in large groups, look­ing stately and caw­ing at each other.

PHOTO: FILE

BREED­ING SEA­SON: Mag­pies are get­ting more ag­gres­sive in the mid­dle of the breed­ing sea­son.

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