Killing mag­pie no so­lu­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - DENISE S. CAHILL Edi­tor

THIS time of year – ev­ery year, with­out fail – beach­side paths be­come my run­ning track.

Why? To get away from any form of tree canopy that could be home to nest­ing mag­pies.

I’ve never been a fan of the birds. I was swooped nearly ev­ery sea­son when I was younger and fear the black and white feath­ered birds when I see or hear them this time of year.

If a mag­pie con­tin­u­ally swoops peo­ple, es­pe­cially chil­dren, in a pub­lic spot, ac­tion needs to be taken.

Ac­tion has been taken at Clarko Re­serve in Trigg – 11 warn­ing signs have been placed in the area.

If a per­son en­ters a pub­lic open space where there are 11 warn­ing signs say­ing ‘Mag­pies swoop­ing please avoid the area’ and they get swooped and in­jured, the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with that per­son.

We’re spoilt for choice with pub­lic open space in that area; check out some­where dif­fer­ent.

Change your rou­tine for a few weeks, a month to be safe.

De­stroy­ing this one men­ac­ing mag­pie won’t solve the prob­lem.

Nest­ing sea­son will be back again next year and chances are an­other pro­tec­tive bird will make Clarko Re­serve home and we’ll be back where we started.

Let’s have some com­mon sense and pass that on to our kids while we’re at it.

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