Magpie attacks

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Subject: Magpie attacks
From: "Brian Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:54:33 +1000
Hi. Yesterday, a group of us were riding our bikes and doing a bit of 
birdwatching. One of our group made us aware of a particularly nasty male 
magpie attacking on the track crossing Bribie Island. The claim was made that 
"all magpies attacking from behind then try to peck the left side of the 
face/ear etc" because bike riders are wearing helmets and the magpie can't 
inflict any damage there.
An interesting conversation then occurred about past experiences with magpies. 
We are wondering if others have noticed a magpies' preference for the left. Any 
studies?? Any ideas??

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