WATCH OUT: Magpie swooping season is here again. Photo: Scottie Simmonds/NewsMail
WATCH OUT: Magpie swooping season is here again. Photo: Scottie Simmonds/NewsMail Scottie Simmonds BUN070911MAG1

Cyclists, walkers face long magpie dive-bombing season

QUEENSLAND'S mild winter could result in one of the longest magpie swooping seasons on record.

Griffith University behavioural ecologist Darryl Jones has predicted a bumper mating season for the dive-bombing birds, the Courier-Mail reports.

"The first magpies started nesting in July, which is just crazy. The earliest I've heard is August, so they're probably six to eight weeks earlier than normal," Prof Jones said.

"They'll have one whole lot of chicks before they have their normal lot of chicks. It's going to be a long season, I'm pretty sure.

"Magpies only attack when there are chicks in the nest, so if there are going to be more chicks, there are going to be more attacks."

Queensland has had the most number of documented magpie attacks in the country this year, with 119 swoops recorded on the website magpiealert.com

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