Indeed the magpies can throw a curveball in a year when there’s nothing going to plan.
It might still be winter but sky snipers in parts of the country have already started their annual swooping season.
Dr Deb Kelly, from the Department of Environment in South Australia, says magpies are already in full flight.
The swooping tracker Adelaide has registered hundreds of magpies already defending their turf.
Kelly says it’s unknown why the birds are swooping ahead of time, which normally strike in the spring.
“It seems to be a bit early, usually it’s the last full moon of August they start warbling and calling for a mate and establishing their territories,” she said.
“I guess they don’t check their dates very well, maybe it’s the change in the weather.”
“If you had an aggressive pair last year, they’ll probably be back this year in the same spot,” Kelly said.
Kelly says we might be in for a double dose of swooping season because of the early activity.
In the weeks and months ahead Magpies could breed twice.
“Magpies, if their young are killed, will re-nest,” Kelly said.
“So it’s quite possible some will re-nest again in this season.”
Experts say now is the time to start taking precautions, with the increased chance of getting attacked.
The advice is simple: don’t make contact with your eyes and, if you can, go around a hot spot that is swooping.