WATCH OUT: Areas where magpies have been swooping. Google Maps
WATCH OUT: Areas where magpies have been swooping. Google Maps

Watch out for magpie nesting areas across Fraser Coast

WITH flapping wings and beaks and talons aimed at eye level, being swooped by a protective male magpie is no walk in the park for pedestrians.

Magpie breeding season began in July but reports of "bird bombings" have only begun to come through.

Fraser Coast woman Kim Fletcher said she was swooped last week when walking along the corner of Honiton St and Vicky Pde, Torquay

"They got me good," she said.

Twelve signs were put up last year to warn pedestrians of the swooping birds, but Fraser Coast Councillor Darren Everard said none had gone up so far this season.

No magpie-related complaints have been received by the Fraser Coast Regional Council yet, he said.

However posters to the Chronicle's Facebook site listed a few streets to be aware of, from Hervey Bay to Howard.

Magpie lover and vet David Jameson said only about 10% of magpies would swoop.

"If you are swooped when riding, get off and walk," he said.

"Don't run as more movement attracts attention."