Published on 09 September 2021
It’s Magpie’s nesting season again and Council is reminding locals to take care when out and about and stay alert for swooping birds
For most of the year magpies are not aggressive, but for 4 to 6 weeks from now to November they will often defend their territory and their nests vigorously
Council Rangers have begun receiving calls from locals about swooping birds and advise the best course of action is to avoid the swooping areas until later in the year.
If avoidance is not possible there are ways to reduce the frequency of attacks including:
The experience of a magpie attack can be quite alarming, but it is usually only a warning. Only very occasionally will a bird strike the intruder on the head with its beak or claws.
Magpies are protected throughout NSW and it is unlawful to hurt them or remove their eggs.
If certain birds become a real danger problem, then Council Rangers will contact National Parks and Wildlife who will decide on a course of action.
Council may also consider temporary signage in areas of high bird population, including other swooping birds like Plovers.
Visit Council’s website for more tips and tricks for getting through the swooping season www.svc.nsw.gov.au/magpies
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