TARGET ACQUIRED: Monique Newton and Paula Rapson captured shots on their GoPro camera of vicious magpies as they descended on motorbike riders near the Gemfields last year.
TARGET ACQUIRED: Monique Newton and Paula Rapson captured shots on their GoPro camera of vicious magpies as they descended on motorbike riders near the Gemfields last year. Contributed

It's Spring time in CQ

AS TEMPERATURES rise across Central Queensland, so do reports of magpies, flying foxes and snake sightings and attacks.

The first sightings of protective male magpies have started to roll in, reports from the corner of Slack and Ross Layton Dr, the John Gay Bridge and the Emerald Sunrise Rotary Park BMX track.

With mating season due to continue for another few weeks, Central Highlands mayor Peter Maguire encouraged residents to "be patient" and not provoke the birds any further.

"Spring is the time of year when some of our normally friendly magpies begin swooping to protect their nests," he said.

Residents have also recently encountered another winged animal in their midst.

About 200 flying foxes have been sighted migrating through Moranbah, and the protected species have also been sighted foraging during the night in Middlemount, Dysart and Clermont.

Isaac Regional Council planning, environment and community services director Scott Riley said to contact council with any concerns, and call 000 if anyone came into contact with a flying fox.

He also highlighted the risk of snakes heading into the warmer months, and encouraged locals to become familiar with the different breeds of snakes and spiders.

"Some are harmless while others are deadly," Mr Riley said.

Snakes have also proved a threat to furry friends in recent weeks, with Beale Veterinary in Blackwater alone treating four snake bites.

Vet David Beale said he expected to see many more, with the clinic treating about 27 per year.

He said two out of three bites they saw were from taipans, and advised residents clean up their yards and ensure garden beds are not hidden in overgrowth from now until April.

Mr Riley said that native wildlife was always nearby, and the best advice is to "generally be aware, stay away and let them be".

The CQ News and the CHRC have collaborated on a Swooping Magpie Map, and encourage residents to report any new nests or swooping birds.

The Isaac Regional Council's swooping magpie map can be accessed via their website.


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