Magpies - another approach from The Conversation

Here's an approach that is probably better for magpies than trying to hit them as I used to do. Although I disagree with the writer about the first swoop being a warning. I was recently hit in the head by one on its first swoop although it didn't hurt much and wasn't a drama. I don't know why I was so worried about magpies in the past.

https://theconversation.com/magpies-can-form-friendships-with-peopl...

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Agree - magpies you encounter regular can learn (be taught) not to swoop you as an individual. (as long as you don't act aggressively/threateningly during the learning phase of about a week).

"Training" magpies - I stop whenever they swoop. Over several days magpie learns that swooping me produces a stop response, not a run-away response. First few days are very trying for person, given the extra ~5minutes it takes to move through the magpie's territory, but must stop whenever they swoop - reliable repetition of the stop is what you need the magpie to learn.

Butcher birds are nasty - Much more agile flyers so very difficult to seek sheltered location. My experience is they are much more likely to make contact about your head, that they do not, or can not, learn to identify non-threats, and that once they start attacking switching to walking won't deter their attacking. The pair can also team-up with the second bird swooping from another direction while you keep an eye on the first bird.

With all birds/animals swooping/chasing behaviour I believe there is a strong element of habituated response - they swoop/attack, perceived intruder runs away. So more likely to repeat behaviour (within a season and year to year), and more likely for other birds/animals to observe and copy.

Unfortunately if you stop in an urban environment there are plenty of high perches (poles, wires, trees, buildings) for bird to wait on for next swoop - trading height for speed as they launch.
If(!!) you can stop in a location away from a perch the bird either has to hover (wasting energy) or fly to and from more-distant perches giving you more time/warning between swoops.

This guy is an idiot. 

Sure.. I'd consider investing in developing an bird friendship with a magpie in my back yard.

I too have found that if I stop.. and look directly at the magpie they won't attack me. There was one that had attacked me.. and I even went to the point of feeding it and looking at it and generally hanging with it.

What did it do as soon as I got on a bike and turned my head away from it? It tried to tear my ear off (again).

So, given it's spring, and there are several nasty magpies on my routes.. should I stop and make friends with all of them? Should I do rides to visit them? WTF? Idiot. 

and it sure make for a long commute..

should I stop and make friends with all of them? Should I do rides to visit them? WTF?

Get a 2 wheel 'bent :-)

Problem solved.

With a pram hood....

So I got a message from a mate this morning. She's new to commuting and it's something that she has to work at. She's been doing really well of late.

Anyway, message says magpie attack resulting in an OTB crash. It's unclear whether she has teeth damage or the extent of her other injuries. 

It just makes me so mad that BCC won't destroy (there you go I said it) magpies that attack people riding bikes at the very least on major commute routes.

These birds aren't endangered. However cycling is dangerous enough. This period when they are active seems to be extending each year. For any other mode of transport this would be unacceptable - but for riding it's considered that if you don't want to risk it just drive. 

Let's not forget that the driving of cars kills far far more native (and not native animals) that if you culled aggressive magpies. (how many dead possums do you see?)

Let's not forget that the driving of cars kills far far more native (and not native animals) that if you culled aggressive magpies. (how many dead possums do you see?)

Fair point. Let's hope your friend is ok.

I think it's a great point. It's acceptable to accidentally kill natives with cars.. but cull a few to enable people to use bikes safely and the world goes mad.

Turns out it's OK for BCC to "manage" the population of equally protected ibis. 

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/brisbane-s-ibis-popu...

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