birding-aus Magpie attacks

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Subject: birding-aus Magpie attacks
From: "Irene Denton" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 23:11:22 +1000
Tried sending this on 3 July without luck:  trying again now 5 July.
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From: Irene Denton <>
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Date: Saturday, 3 July 1999 22:47
Subject: Magpie attacks

Hi everyone
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 problem.
Irene Denton
Sydney,   NSW
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