REVEALED: Coast's magpie swooping hotspots
THE magpies are out in force, swooping unsuspecting pedestrians and cyclists that stray too close to their nests.
So to avoid losing an eye or having a chuck of your ear ripped off here's our list of known swooping hotspots - otherwise known as places to avoid until December, when magpie breeding season ends.
Creekwood park, Meridan Plains
One mum said her young son copped a slice to the head after a run in with a rouge maggie.
Maroochy by Gateway Lifestyle, Maroochydore
Look out around Bradman Ave, Maroochydore. Magpies are known to swoop near the over 50s village.
School Road, Yandina
One reader nominated Yandina School Road as one to be wary of. So keep your eye on the sky especially along the stretch past the school, leading to the historical homestead.
Reader Sandy Waller nominated the entire suburb of Peregian, labelling it "deadly” so watch out, Peregianites.
Michele Tunnicliffe told the Daily that magpies often swoop "halfway from (the) shops to (the) beach” in Mudjimba so wear a hat with eyes on the back of it to ward off aerial predators if you intend on hitting the surf.
Scholars Drive and University Way were nominated as trouble spots for swooping.
Nicklin Way, Currimundi.
There are plenty of magpies on this stretch of road. Some have even been known to hitch a ride with motorists, but that behaviour wouldn't translate nicely if you're a pedestrian.
Greber Road, Beerwah
To put it simply, the magpies here are "nasty”, according to Daily reader Sean Lindner.
Numurkah Drive, Buderim
Magpies are known to swoop in leafy Numurkah Drive. There are plenty of trees for magpies to take roost, so pedestrians beware this seemingly quiet suburban street.
Dumbarton Drive, Caloundra West
There have been two recent swoopings at Dumbarton Drive. A cyclist was swooped on July 28, and a woman lost a chunk of her ear only a few days ago to a black and white winger on this street.
Kawana Waters Police Station
Here's another reason not to break the law - swooping birds are known to sit on the fence of the Kawana Waters Police Station.
When nearby soccer players kick a ball towards the goal in the direction of the birds, they have to walk slowly to retrieve it or get swooped if they run.
Moondarra Street and its accompanying park at Wurtulla Beach might be picturesque, but it is also a notorious spot for swooping.