On the Magpie Alert map you can check and report swoops and so far there’s feisty lad in Princes Park who really needs space
Read this excellent Lifehacker explainer about why they swoop and how to make friends (if possible!)
Backyard Buddies: Tips to avoid being swooped
‘There are a lot of simple things you can do to avoid being swooped by a protective Magpie dad defending his chicks, such as:
- Walk quickly and carefully away from the area and avoid walking there when Magpies are nesting.
- Make a temporary sign to warn other people.
- Your Magpie is less likely to swoop if you look at it. Try to keep an eye on the Magpie, at the same time walking carefully away. Alternatively, you can draw or sew a pair of eyes onto the back of a hat, and wear it when walking through the area. You can also try wearing your sunglasses on the back of your head.
- Wear a bicycle or skateboard helmet. Any sort of hat, even a hat made from an ice cream container or cardboard box, will help protect you.
- Carry an open umbrella or a stick or small branch above your head but do not swing it at the Magpie, as this will only provoke it to attack.
- If you are riding a bicycle when the Magpie swoops, get off the bicycle and wheel it quickly through the area. Your bicycle helmet will protect your head, and you can attach a tall red safety flag to your bicycle or hold a stick or branch as a deterrent.’