1st Magpie of the season :-) Riding North up Blewett Springs Road. Just past Ronald Road and about 400 metres before you get to Chapel Hill Road. 3 times he dived me (slow up hill) and he sits on the power lines. Yep he marked my helmet and he attacks from the rear left.
Magpies are great, sociable and intelligent birds. Like with humans, some are bogans. Get to know your local maggie clan and they'll hang around all day waiting for treats. I like to have them around, they keep the pests down.
Hey, there's an idea, how about tying a slice of bread to your helmet, then when Maggie attacks, it gets a snack and thinks you're OK???
Like your thinking jilden ( NOT ) ;)
I read that magpies do not attack if they know you and have not mistreated them. Explains why no swooping on the farm, but swooping in the city where so many unfamiliar people.
People, I simply have to share this with you all. I have, through extensive, intensive and rigoruos testing, discovered a fool proof method to prevent magpie attacks. It works 100% of the time, guaranteed! The method is as follows:- place one fresh hens egg on the very top of your helmet, hold it carefully and secure it with clear sticky tape in an X pattern over and down the sides to hold it firmly.
NB It must be a fresh, free-range hens egg - a hardboiled does not work, nor does a cage egg (they seem to know)