Magpies heading our way
THE breeding season for magpies has started, and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reminding people to watch out for the swooping birds.
Nesting birds become quite territorial and are enthusiastic about defending their nests.
But the birds are just acting naturally and are not 'attacking' people.
Magpies often think that people walking past their nest could pose a threat, so they fly low and fast over the person, clacking their bills.
Usually the swoop is just a warning, but there have been cases where people have received injuries from the birds.
Magpies are a protected species in NSW, so it is against the law to kill them, collect their eggs or harm the chicks.
Both magpie parents are responsible for feeding the young, so harming either adult bird could lead to the death of the chicks.
However if residents feel that a magpie has become a serious menace, it can be reported to the police or the NPWS.