Spring is swoop­ing sea­son

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.

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