Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
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This guy has just been interviewed on our Today show and in his defense he was in a fairly populated area of Sydney. At this time of year our Magpies are very aggressive as they are breeding and will attack anyone who comes near their nesting area. That means in so many of the tall trees there are nesting sites and this is particularly so in our public parks where this guy was riding his bike. They attack everyone whether they are riding, walking or jogging. He was yelling as he was getting hit pretty strongly by that very hard beak, with at leas once or twice the beak actually went through the vent holes in his helmet and connected with his head, and biting his ears as well. This attacking usually goes on for bit over a month and then they settle down and are calm once more. It was pointed out by one of the interviewers on the Today Show that the clothing he was wearing made him look like a giant magpie himself, and that maybe the magpie was trying to chat him up, and he said he hadn't realized that was the case and agreed that he did look like a magpie.
I have resident magpies where I am but I have no tall trees close to me so they are not nesting here, just coming in looking for food.