On maggies’ side, despite the attacks
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.
BREEDING SEASON: Magpies are getting more aggressive in the middle of the breeding season.