Hugh Wilson is familiar with the dangers of magpie season.
Hugh Wilson is familiar with the dangers of magpie season. Kevin Farmer

Swoops flag start of magpie season

KEEN cyclist Hugh Wilson was pretty quick to find out that magpie breeding had started for the year.

While research shows only 12 per cent of male magpies will actually attack people, Mr Wilson has already had his first swoop for the season near Blake Street in Wilsonton.

While he believes the territorial birds can’t really be stopped, he does have a few suggestions.

“I wear what is called a buff, or a cloth pulled down over my ears to help protect them,” Mr Wilson said.

“Also I was at a cycling event in Dalby and we had to walk our bikes across a field.

“I noticed that people who wore helmets were attacked where those who took them off weren’t.

“I’ve also found a bright flag works.

“Some people use cable ties all over their helmet, but I don’t think they work too well.”

His best piece of advice is change your route if there’s a magpie on it.

But don’t be mean to a maggie because they are able to recognise individual faces, even in different clothes, and will attack the same individual repeatedly.