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Be on your guard for black and white bombing raids during the spring. Renee Pilcher

The maggies are zeroing in already

IT'S the season that cyclists, walkers and posties dread - the magpie breeding season.

Already NSW Ambulance Service paramedics have seen injuries caused by swooping birds.

Cuts to the head, pecks to the ears and more serious outcomes, especially for cyclists are expected over the next month.

"Every year NSW Ambulance receives calls for people suffering injuries from swooping birds and it can be very upsetting, especially for children," NSW Ambulance Inspector Norm Spalding said.

Inspt. Spalding said cyclists were of particular concern because attacking birds could cause them to lose balance and crash, resulting in a range of injuries from open wounds to broken bones.

Cyclists were advised to continue riding until they were out of the bird's territory or, better still, walk the bike out.

Most magpies will only swoop within 50m of their nest.

Inspector Spalding said the best response for any person, be they cyclist or pedestrian, was to keep calm.

Despite the urge to panic, this can provoke the birds even further.