Swooped, beaked and clawed: Coast’s vicious magpies
It has been a brutal start to magpie season, with several reports of the swooping birds causing injury on the Coast.
Magpie Alert, a website where users log problematic magpies, reveals where the birds are causing the most harm in the region.
Residents from Caloundra to Mapleton have reported a number of incidents causing injuries ranging from superficial scratches to a "smashed thumb".
The most recent was reported at 10am Wednesday at 13 Caloundra Rd, where a magpie aggressively swooped a cyclist even after she hopped off her bike.
"This is a persistent and protective little guy," she said.
"I got off bike and started walking but he followed me right up to Latcham St, where he continued to attack as I stood with my bike, right up against the wall of the BP."
On September 27 a cyclist reported being attacked continuously by a magpie while riding up Black Stump Rd, Eumundi.
In Maroochydore along First Ave a cyclist reported on September 12 that they were "swooped, beaked and clawed".
On August 26 a cyclist said they recently put cable ties on their helmet, but that was not enough to protect them.
"Within a few seconds swooped by three magpies within 50 metres," they said of the incident at 49 Lamatia Dr, Mountain Creek.
"The last one drew blood on my ear."
In the hinterland, a cyclist said on August 6 at 74 Obi Obi Rd a swooping magpie caused them to fall and break her thumb.
Other streets where residents have reported attacks include:
Northbrook St, Caloundra
Village Way, Little Mountain
Bower St, Caloundra
Miranda St, Aroona
Oakdale Ct, Currimundi
Viridian Ct, Birtinya
Hideaway St, Birtinya
Lake Kawana Bvd, Bokarina
Springhill Dr, Sippy Downs
Bonaire Ct, Parrearra
Kingfish Ct, Mountain Creek
Palm Dr, Alexandra Headland
Yoomba Cres, Alexandra Headland
Montville Rd, Palmwoods
Boomba St, Pacific Paradise
Cooyar St, Noosa Heads
Goodchap St, Tewantin