Signs of Spring

Subject: Signs of Spring
From: Duncan McCaskill <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:58:58 +1000
At least with a helmet, the magpie hits the helmet, not your head. I've cycled around new suburbs in spring and been continually attacked by angry magpies. You just go from one angry magpie's territory to another. New suburbs seem to have more swoopers -  understandable because of the disruption to territory.

Yesterday I watched a testosterone charged magpie being particularly aggressive and persistent to one of a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles patrolling around here.


On 11 August 2012 18:53, Nick Payne <> wrote:
On 11/08/12 17:55, Paul Fennell wrote:

I experienced my first Magpie swooping attack today, around the back of Fraser.  Four swoops, not very convincing.


I am always amused at some cyclists who decorate their helmets with cable ties.  I saw an old duffer yesterday (about my age) with about 20 poking out of his helmet.  My intuitive fashion sense tells me I’d rather have the maggies pecking on the helmet rather than looking even more bizarre than I normally do..

If you look at the YT video of this experiment, it indicates that the best way to not be swooped is to remove your helmet:


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