Spring in Australia is magpie season, when a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) around the country become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests, especially bike riders. Well, in true Hitchcock fashion from “The Birds,” today a magpie dive-bombed a Manly West teacher that was in the yard outside. Nailed her right in the forehead and sent her home for the rest of the day. Those ‘pies are serious about wanting you to stay away from their nest! Everyone is required to stay out of the garden area where the nest(s) are, and animal control has been contacted to see if anything can be done about this. They can get up to 17 inches long so you can imagine they pack a punch if they dive bomb you.
MBD and I left by an alternate exit today from school!