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Maggies terrorise cyclists

Posted: 1pm 25 Sep 2020

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.”

Nesting anywhere

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.”

Good parenting

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

Banksia Beach

Near Banksia Beach State School

Bunya

Bunya Rd, near the waste facility

Burpengary

Football grounds

Rowley Rd, just past the pony club

Caboolture

Horne St

Wamuran Rail Trail, about 3.6km from Caboolture end

Morayfield Rd (south)

Lynfield Drive Park

Central Springs Estate

Geoffrey St

King St, between the Anzac memorial and Memorial Hall

Corner Maple St and Caboolture River Rd

Caboolture River Rd pathway opposite Beacon St

Deception Bay

Corner Webster and Deception Bay roads

Emerald Ave

Griffin

Dohles Rocks Rd, across from Wagner Rd

Mango Hill

Craigie St

Capestone development park, Napier Ave

Morayfield

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

Narangba

Lions Park near Leopardwood St

Narangba East

Walking path under New Settlement Rd (magpie and plover)

Petrie

Frenchs Rd

Narangba Rd, just past Eucumbene Drive

St Ives St (butcher bird)

Redcliffe

Trilby St

Victoria Ave, near Bradley Park

Suttons Beach, near the pavilion

Scotts point

Redcliffe Cemetery

Rothwell

Corner Cambridge St and Badcoe Court

Samford Village

Near the Anglican Church

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