Magpie season has hit the Moreton Bay Region in full force, with butcher birds, plovers and crows joining in for good measure. Here’s where they’re swooping …
Among the victims so far are footy players at Burpengary, pupils walking to Minimbah State School at Morayfield and cyclists, scooters and skateboarders in Redcliffe.
Eye on the sky
Mayor Peter Flannery says locals need to keep an eye on the sky to avoid injury.
“I think we’ve all laughed at plenty of YouTube videos of cyclists and pedestrians being swooped by birds, but this is a seasonal issue we need to take seriously,” he says.
“Smaller birds like peewees and plovers mightn’t do much damage, but larger swooping birds like magpies and crows can cause real injuries, especially to children.”
Mayor Flannery says it’s a regional issue and birds could nest anywhere.
“In fact, there’s a peewee out the front of our Strathpine office that’s given some of our staff a surprise.
“This is seasonal, and we typically receive reports of swooping birds in higher populated areas, simply because there are more people out and about.”
He reminded people swooping birds were simply good parents trying to protect their offspring.
“Staying safe is as simple as giving roosting areas a wide berth and choosing a different route,” Mayor Flannery says.
Other suggestions for staying safe include wearing a hat and sunglasses, carrying an umbrella to protect your face and eyes, dismounting from your bike and walking through an area, and not waving your arms, yelling or throwing objects at birds.
Residents can report swooping birds on Council-owned land through the MBRC Request app, or by contacting Council.
Where they’re swooping
Near Banksia Beach State School
Bunya Rd, near the waste facility
Rowley Rd, just past the pony club
Wamuran Rail Trail, about 3.6km from Caboolture end
Morayfield Rd (south)
Lynfield Drive Park
Central Springs Estate
King St, between the Anzac memorial and Memorial Hall
Corner Maple St and Caboolture River Rd
Caboolture River Rd pathway opposite Beacon St
Corner Webster and Deception Bay roads
Dohles Rocks Rd, across from Wagner Rd
Capestone development park, Napier Ave
Corner of Walkers Rd and Oakey Flat Rd, Bunnings side
Corner Walkers Rd and Minimbah Drive
Corner Burgundy Drive and Nairn Rd
Oakey Flat Rd near Madeline Drive
Lions Park near Leopardwood St
Walking path under New Settlement Rd (magpie and plover)
Narangba Rd, just past Eucumbene Drive
St Ives St (butcher bird)
Victoria Ave, near Bradley Park
Suttons Beach, near the pavilion
Corner Cambridge St and Badcoe Court
Near the Anglican Church
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