Add magpies to the list of things I am scared of

by ~Tina · 24 comments


Karma didn’t waste her time getting me back last week.

I met up with my BFFs for an overdue morning tea and chin wag and we got talking about being swooped by magpies. One of my friends showed us a hilarious video of one of her children being swooped (please note – no children were injured in the filming of said swooping) and we were pissing ourselves laughing at her.

I stupidly bragged that I had never ever been swooped by a magpie. Big mistake. Huge.

The. Very. Next. Day.

I walked the girls to school as I usually but I decided that because I had so much to do today, that I would go straight home instead of continuing on my (exercise) walk.

So I left my babes at the school gate, turned around and headed home. Just a street away from home, I was minding my own business and not realising that I had just become a target.

And then this…..



Uh huh. I’m so thankful for my friends’ concern….



You can just feel their concern, right?

It probably didn’t help that I may have looked like a maggie. Note to self – don’t wear black and white during magpie season.


Thinking that I would get some sympathy from the darling husband, I retold the whole story and waited.

And his response?

“You should have carried a stick.”

Moral of the story – don’t make lame excuses to get out of your morning walk.

If I kept on for my walk, I would have done a full circle and avoided the swoop zone.

Tell me, have you ever been swooped by a magpie? Or have you been witness to someone else being swooped? 

1 Erin Oxenbridge October 24, 2012 at 6:44 am

We do care Bahahahahaha
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2 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

I could have been lying there in the middle of the road with my brain hanging out!!

3 Vanessa @ Babbling Bandit October 24, 2012 at 6:56 am

I am terrified of magpies! I remember hearing John Dengate talking on ABC radio about magpie swooping and aiming for people’s eyes when I was a little kid. Ever since then I’ve been so afraid of them.

Last year there was a story of a boy who lost an eye to a swooping magpie and so I warn Ned, my almost 4yo, not to go near them either. Check out this:

Scary creatures!

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4 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

OMG, that is horrible! Thank Goodness that it’s not all year round! Otherwise I would never leave my home.

5 mel October 24, 2012 at 7:22 am

Too funny – I especially like the bird image :)
Damn straight – never make an excuse to not go for your exercise hit of the day!

6 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

that’ll teach me, huh? hehe

7 Kell Kelly October 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

hahahaha too funny!
I have been swooped when I was younger on my way to and from school but the one that sticks in my mind the most is when I went to visit a family member in hospital and had my newborn son in my arms. I remember hunching over him while running for dear life to the car. It was one of those situations where you don’t want to get pecked alive but you don’t want those vicious things getting to your precious little baby.

The less magpies in the world the better – dangerous things they are!
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8 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

oh my! I would have been running like my life depended on it!

9 Norlin October 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

Bahahahaha..sorry, but it was pretty funny! Especially the part where you ran! But seriously though, magpies are bloody dangerous. Around Spring and around this same area, someone always gets attacked by this magpie. One lady was riding her bike to pick her child up and it swooped in and pecked her! She had blood and all! I think a kids got attacked too! So I avoid that area.
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10 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

They are so scary!! But glad you liked my story. Hehe.

11 Kylez...aka...Mrs.P October 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

See now I don’t want to tell you that I’ve never been swooped as I just know it will then end up happening when I go for a walk with Mia this afternoon! Damn, now I’v done it!
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12 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I hope you got through the afternoon safely!

13 Melissa October 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

“Big Mistake. Huge”. Am having a “Pretty Woman” moment here. :)
I’m loving your friends. They’re having the reaction I’m having right now :)

I’ve been swooped, yes. Hate the damned things.
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14 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hmm, I seem to attract these type of people LOL

15 Trish October 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Karma ! That’s what friends are for.
I used to get swooped all the time taking a shortcut through the fields/ bush to my friend’s house.
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16 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’m glad it’s only for a short time each year. Otherwise I would never leave the house!

17 Glowless October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Duuude, it’s so scary. My mum always used to carry an umbrella to work with her every day during Maggie Season because she had to walk through ‘Swoop Central’ to get to the bus stop.
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18 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I’m considering carrying an umbrella.

19 Jac at Common Chaos Chronicle October 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I’m terrified of anything with a beak! I’m not sure what I would do if I got swooped. But you did earn extra exercise points for the run.
Thanks for the afternoon giggle Tina :-)
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20 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I guess it did make up for the walk I didn’t do. Hehe.

21 eccentricess October 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

We tried so many preventative measures as children, wearing ice cream container hats with eyes drawn on them, brightly coloured hats, riding really fast… none of them worked.
We had some success with holding both handles of our skipping rope and swinging it over our heads like helicopter blades.
They still scare me.
Now I am thinking parasols? ;-)
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22 ~Tina October 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Parasols might look a bit better than just umbrellas. As much as it scares me, I just can’t do an icecream container on my head.

23 Melanie Graham / A Welcoming Hearth October 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Every year at my girls school. It is the same pair of magpies. They are ok when there are lots of kids around and noise but when it is just me and the boys, walking back to the car they are out to get me! They are scary! I love all animals and birds so when they do this to me, it hurts my feelings lol. I have started to talk to them. I say, I would never hurt you or your babies. I will let you know how that goes…
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24 ~Tina October 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

Melanie, if that works for you, I will be talking to birds.

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