It is that time of the year again. On my route home from work last year, I was swooped a couple of times by a killer magpie. It was horrible. No matter how much waving and shouting you do, they keep coming back. It started with just swooping (which is bad enough) but over time, it started pecking.
I took a large detour to avoid it.
Just the other day it was back which means a few months of avoiding that corner.
Gus at Adelaide Cyclists has put together a map of killer magpies as a public service. He already has getting on for 2000 members compared to the 4 people who occasionally chance upon this blog by accident so lots of people know about it already. Nevertheless, if you do not, I would encourage you to check the map before you take a trip and add to it if you are attacked. Other people will be grateful.
View 2011 Magpie attack map in a larger map
As you can see, they're everywhere.
One suggested solution is to lose the helmet for that stretch of road: