Mountain bike rider Oliver Burkhardt fending off a magpie.
Mountain bike rider Oliver Burkhardt fending off a magpie. Allan Reinikka ROK091016arockymt

Website warns of swooping birds

IT'S that time of year we all dread.

Magpie season.

Everyone has their own method for keeping the brooding birds at bay, whether it be zip ties, ice-cream buckets or painted eyes on the backs of helmets.

Word of mouth or experience used to be the only way you knew if there was a swooping magpie on your route, but a new website is taking away the danger.

MagpieAlert.com maps magpie locations sent in by other users.

You can sign up for a profile and see magpie swoopings and attacks in your area.

While this website won't stop magpies getting up close and personal with you, it can help you plan your trip to keep as safe as you can.

Just remember, it's illegal to harm magpies.



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