Marauding maggies moved on

FOUR menacing male magpies from across the region have been moved to new homes, after complaints coinciding with the start of the breeding season.

Southern Downs Regional Council facilities manager Michael Bell said the council had received five complaints about swooping magpies.

These were reported to be at Australiana Park, East School and Willi St and also at the Stanthorpe sites, Drill Hall and Weroona Park.

"Council has secured the services of a licensed contractor to relocate male birds from these locations after inspecting each site," Mr Bell said.

"The contractor has removed birds from four of the five locations. He was unable to find bird activity at the Weeroona Park location."

Mr Bell encouraged people to give territorial magpies distance.

"August and September is usually the time magpies become active and protective of nests," he said.

"Council urges people to give a wide berth of known magpie nesting locations."

When reports are received, the council erects warning signs and makes an assessment about whether birds should be moved on. This may involve aggressive birds near schools or play areas.

Phone 1300 697 732 to report an aggressive magpie.



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