Swooping season has landed

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Swooping season is upon us again, and residents are reminded to keep an eye out for magpies and other birds that may swoop to defend their nests.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek is urging people to take a few simple precautions to avoid being swooped.

“The best way to avoid being swooped is to stay away from the nest area until the young birds have left,” Cr Sipek said.

“However if you must pass through the area, move quickly but don’t run, wear a hat and sunglasses, and carry a stick or umbrella above your head. You can even draw a pair of eyes and attach them to the back of a hat or helmet.

“While swooping can be a scary experience, especially for young children, it’s important to remember that native birds are protected by law and harassing or harming them is illegal.

“So make sure you watch out for magpies at the park, and at the MCG,” Cr Sipek, a Collingwood fan, joked.

Council’s Planning and Environment portfolio holder Cr Nicole Marshall believes one of the best tactics to avoid swooping attacks is for the community to share known swoop sites.

“If you are swooped by any species of bird, you should report the incident so that others might avoid the area.

“You can add a swoop site directly to the State Government’s Swooping Bird Map or tweet @DELWP_Vic with the location details and #swoopvic,” Cr Marshall said.

Visit the State Government's Swooping Birds page for more information and to view Victoria’s Swooping Bird Map.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM