The Cyclist's Defence Against Swooping Magpies

To: Colin R <>
Subject: The Cyclist's Defence Against Swooping Magpies
From: Trevor Hampel <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:53:53 +0930
Hi there birders,

Is it magpie swooping season again?

I'd better get ready - but not for the swooping birds on our 5 acre property. The resident magpies here nest every year within 50 metres of our house. In 25 years we have never been swooped, something for which we are grateful.

On the other hand - I need to get ready for the flood of questions and comments and vitriol posted in comments on my birding blog. I've been writing about Australian birds, including magpies, for nearly 5 years. In that time I've had nearly half a million visitors to my blog. Of the thousands of comments that readers have left, the most common are as follows:

1. Complaints about Magpies swooping.
2. Complaints about Masked Lapwings swooping.
3. Queries about how to care for baby orphaned birds, usually Blackbirds.

Many of the comments are redneck responses - 'shoot 'em all' is a common thread. A few enlightened people are trying to learn to live with the inconvenience.

I try to educate readers on how to live with the birds that inhabit our land. It's a long, slow, frustrating process.

But I try.

Good birding.

Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

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