It’s magpie season! How to avoid getting swooped

Posted on September 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The Illawarra is set to rival a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in coming weeks as magpie swooping season reaches fever pitch.

The region’s pesky ‘pie population is out in force, swooping unsuspecting cyclists, walkers and training groups.

A magpie swooping on people at Figtree Oval yesterday. Pictures: ADAM McLEAN

Magpie hot spots include streets in Balgownie, Woonona, Thirroul, the Princes Highway in Corrimal (near the fire station), Mount Brown, Gwynneville, Figtree (particularly Figtree Oval), Mangerton and the North Wollongong bike track.

But WIRES black and white bird co-ordinator Kerrie Jones says magpies like anywhere with trees and a grassy field.

“They eat insects, so anything that has a nice big patch of ground where they can dig up worms is perfect,” she said.

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