On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 09:15:32 +1000, "Carol Probets" <>
> I've been swooped a number of times by Magpies who haven't given any
> auduble warning. The latest occasion was two days ago, and I particularly
> remember being completely taken by surprise as I heard the wingbeats and
> bill clacking around my head - until that point I wasn't even aware of a
> Magpie in the vicinity.
> Carol Probets
> Katoomba NSW
> P.S. Good luck to all the other Twitchathonners this weekend and may the
> birds be abundant and the sponsorships plentiful!
> At 9:39 AM +0000 23/10/03, John Leonard wrote:
> >I have been swooped on my way to work for the last month or so (this is
> >while cycling), and this prompts me to an observation.
> >Each time I have entered the territory of the swooping magpie I have heard
> >the angry 'Yeow Yeow' call before it has attacked. This hasn't always
> >helped me to predict which direction the bird was going to come from, but I
> >have never been swooped without hearing that call in the preceding few
> >In the experience of birding-aus members, do magpies always give audible
> >warning before swooping? If so, it might be a useful thing to include in
> >public information about magpie attacks, as even a second's warning allows
> >one to crouch lower, or, for a cyclist, to slow downóas it is those keyed in
> >to the call are at a distinct advantage. Public information in the ACT, at
> >any rate, is pretty hopeless; the standard notice refers to a "Swooping
> >Bird", without even getting specific!
> >John Leonard
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