Tried sending this on 3 July without
luck: trying again now 5 July.
Irene Denton <>
Saturday, 3 July 1999 22:47
A friend of mine is a pushbike rider and
believes that Magpies (and Masked Lapwings) are starting to get that "glint
in their eye" that leads up to mating, and consequently his annual battle
with the maggies as they attack him. He wears a helmet which includes
ventilation holes, and a Magpie has even been able to peck him on the head,
through the ventilation holes!!
His most successful defence so far has been to carry a
leafy branch of a tree and wave it around, but of course that makes steering the
bike a challenge.
So an appeal for any suggestions on a
how a pushbike rider can put Magpies off attacking him while he's
riding. Put a flag on the back of the bike? He draws the line
at wearing an ice cream container.
PS: I've returned to birding-aus in the last
couple of months after a two month absence, and note some emails regarding
archives. Can someone send me directions as to how to access the archives
- perhaps they have some suggestions on this annual