2018 Magpie thread

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2018 Magpie thread

Postby tez001 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:13 pm

Just got a notification saying the magpie at Old Windsor Rd, Norwest is back.
Bit early I would have though?

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby biker jk » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:48 pm

tez001 wrote:Just got a notification saying the magpie at Old Windsor Rd, Norwest is back.
Bit early I would have though?


A riding buddy of mine was swooped there on Monday. :shock:

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby JPB » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:02 pm

tez001 wrote:Just got a notification saying the magpie at Old Windsor Rd, Norwest is back.
Bit early I would have though?

Yep, got a half hearted buzz on the 1st of July.

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby g-boaf » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:08 pm

biker jk wrote:
tez001 wrote:Just got a notification saying the magpie at Old Windsor Rd, Norwest is back.
Bit early I would have though?


A riding buddy of mine was swooped there on Monday. :shock:


Eek, that's a bit early. There is another one at the M7 service centre that is quite persistent - not in swooping but running after anyone it thinks might have food. :lol: I've never had anything suitable for it - but it is pretty good in its attempts.

While you lot are being swooped, I'll be enjoying riding far away from any magpies. :twisted:

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby Cyclophiliac » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:02 am

g-boaf wrote:
biker jk wrote:
tez001 wrote:Just got a notification saying the magpie at Old Windsor Rd, Norwest is back.
Bit early I would have though?


A riding buddy of mine was swooped there on Monday. :shock:


Eek, that's a bit early. There is another one at the M7 service centre that is quite persistent - not in swooping but running after anyone it thinks might have food. :lol: I've never had anything suitable for it - but it is pretty good in its attempts.

While you lot are being swooped, I'll be enjoying riding far away from any magpies. :twisted:

Same here. I don't think I've ever spotted a magpie in the Pyrénées (where I'll be for all of September). The large vultures, on the other hand, I think I'll keep my distance from...

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby RonK » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:30 am

:lol: Perhaps some haven't noticed, but it is now 2018. :lol:
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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby tez001 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:24 pm

Thought 'd just recycle the old thread however the mods have created a 2018 version :)

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby JPB » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:09 pm

The Norwest magpie drew blood today. Going to be a long a Spring

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Grog » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:43 pm

JPB wrote:The Norwest magpie drew blood today. Going to be a long a Spring
Spring???
Crikey, Winter's just getting into it's stride down here in Tas!

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby g-boaf » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:23 pm

There is one on the M7 cycleway near the management centre which is particularly persistent, it will chase anyone it thinks might have food.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby tez001 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:32 pm

g-boaf wrote:There is one on the M7 cycleway near the management centre which is particularly persistent, it will chase anyone it thinks might have food.


Never seen that one before, unless its the one near the tip (which I thought was no longer there)

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby vosadrian » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:46 pm

The Norwest Maggie had a pretty good go at me about an hour ago. I did not realise it was already magpie season, so the first swoop gave me a good fright. He is pretty committed. Despite me waving my arm over my head he was making contact, and kept going all the way to the lights.
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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Warin » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:22 pm

Grog wrote:
JPB wrote:The Norwest magpie drew blood today. Going to be a long a Spring
Spring???
Crikey, Winter's just getting into it's stride down here in Tas!


Been dry and warm in sidsknee. Saw a magpie chase 2 kookaburras the other day ... I'll be bring out my cable tied hat early this year.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby spook_1973 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:38 am

first swoop of the year riding through Albion in Brisbane.

Is there anything we can do that will actually help not to get swooped?

Do cable ties actually do anything?

I am going to attempt to stick some eyes on the back of my helmet to see if that helps.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:30 pm

I got hit real hard on Monday at the corner of Beerburrum rd and Dag Hi-way at the Caboolture Show grounds. :shock:

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby march83 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:18 pm

vosadrian wrote:The Norwest Maggie had a pretty good go at me about an hour ago. I did not realise it was already magpie season, so the first swoop gave me a good fright. He is pretty committed. Despite me waving my arm over my head he was making contact, and kept going all the way to the lights.


I ride out of Norwest BLVD towards Parramatta and I've been going to the M7 cyclepath rather than take on the maggie.
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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby gdt » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:42 pm

This afternoon saw a magpie on Salisbury Highway next to Kings Road absolutely cane multiple cyclists with >5 swoops apiece. One young lad was in tears.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:18 am

Sitting in a park eating sandwiches the magpie came up to and took some bread out of hand, nice and friendly. Afterwards I got in my car, drove off and immediately got swooped by a magpie. While I can't confirm it was the same magpie, there was only 50 metres between feeding and being swooped :)
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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:03 am

Got my 1st (actually about 7 or 8) swoop(s) on Henley Bch Road (Adelaide).

Was just near a mates house and had a front almost flat, so ambling along slowly.

Nasty lil bugger !!

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Usernoname » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:09 pm

My first swoop for the season, just before on way back from the gym. Big group of gum trees, same place/bird that's been there for several years. Started wearing my cable tie helmet after seeing they were starting via this thread. 2 hours on the roadie yesterday no problem. And yes cable ties work for me, don't care if I look like a dork. Maggies are bad, but butcher birds up here go straight for the eyes and are silent. Though I'd got hit by a falling bit of tree a while back, then realised it was a butcher bird. Particularly nasty one down near the beach I try to avoid.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Mububban » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:30 pm

Just saw this ripper of a (terrifying) photo from a mate :shock:


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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby CKinnard » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:35 pm

Am back in Brissy after several months away.

Saturday I got hit repetitively by a bloody butcher bird in the back streets of Margate.
Thought it was a maggie due to how hard he was hitting me.

Sunday midday, a maggie hit me hard and repetitively on the inbound descent from Nundah shops to Toombul Shopping center on Sandgate Road, even while there was heavy traffic driving past.

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Neddysmith » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:14 pm

Yep definately the Maggies are out in force already, my mates missus been cut on the ear while out running, another mate, drew blood just in front of ear yesterday, i been swooped repeatedly a few times, once was at 530 in the morning pitch darkness.....

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby Usernoname » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:01 am

20 k ride from home last week (Gold Coast)- 2 separate strikes. 45k other direction - Nil. 80k back roads out Harrisville (Qld) - Nil

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Re: 2018 Magpie thread

Postby g-boaf » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:12 pm

Neddysmith wrote:Yep definately the Maggies are out in force already, my mates missus been cut on the ear while out running, another mate, drew blood just in front of ear yesterday, i been swooped repeatedly a few times, once was at 530 in the morning pitch darkness.....


You could put a scarf around your head, ears and wear a helmet with hundreds of cable ties. I saw that the other day.

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