Spring is swooping season
SPRING has sprung and the magpies are swooping again.
WIRES is advising Northern Rivers residents that magpies generally only swoop for a few weeks each year when people enter the territory where they are nesting.
The reason they are so protective is that their young are very vulnerable to predators, from hatchling to fledgling stage.
Magpies are usually just giving us a warning when they swoop and generally only defend within 100 metres of their nest site.
Harassment of them or their nests and young can result in aggressiveness.
So never harass, hit or provoke nesting birds; do not throw anything at a bird or nest, and never climb a tree to remove eggs or chicks.
A harassed bird will distrust you and as they have a great memory they will target you in future.
The best thing to do for these few weeks a year, in both of the above instances, is to avoid areas where magpies are known to be nesting.
The 24-hour hotline is for all calls to WIRES in the Northern Rivers is 6628 1898 or visit www.wiresnr.org.