Spring is officially here on Sunday (1st September). And with it (well, from late August) comes swooping season.
Magpies have already been spotted dive bombing unsuspecting cyclists and pedestrians in my local area. We have a new one this year, which means in the last 12 months some horrid human has been cruel to the magpie – they only start swooping after someone is nasty. It’s a learnt behaviour. That’s why not all magpie’s swoop.
I’ve been bombed more times than I care to count. It’s never fun – the sudden rush of feathers in the air, the clack of the beak and squawked warning. It usually is unexpected and comes out of no-where.
Magpies aren’t the only bird that attacks in Oz…plovers have been known to stop whole sports fields from being used (not helped by the fact they nest on the ground).
Have you ever been attacked by a bird?