In countries who suffer through a REAL winter with snow, very low temperatures and short days, the arrival of the spring season is a very obvious event. Here in Melbourne the arrival of spring is somewhat more subtle..unless you're a cyclist. Because that's when the maggies start dive bombing you with a persistence that is truly admirable if it weren't so potentially dangerous.
Although maybe not quite as dangerous as this:
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 29 Inga Akerstrom may have set an unofficial speed record as she was chased by a bear while out for a ride on her bicycle in northern Sweden.
"I was on an upward slope when I saw something at the side of the road and began to wonder what it was," she told the newspaper Dagbladet I Sundsvail.
The "something" turned out to be a belligerent bear that began romping toward her at top speed near the town of Boltjarn Monday. Akerstrom made a quick U-turn and began cycling downhill as fast as she could pedal.
When she zipped past her husband, who was walking their dog, the bear stopped and lumbered back into the woods.
Copyright 2007 by UPI
Methods of dealing with this seasonal magpie problem are varied but none more stupid looking than this and there is doubt it works anyway.