Dudley Park grandfather warns of swooping magpies after six-year-old attacked

LUCKY ESCAPE: Maddison Duggan, 6, received a scratch on her eyelid after being swooped by a magpie. Photo: Supplied.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Maddison Duggan, 6, received a scratch on her eyelid after being swooped by a magpie. Photo: Supplied.

A Dudley Park grandfather was warned the community to be observant of swooping magpies after his six-year-old granddaughter was attacked by a territorial bird earlier this week.

Keith Duggan said he and Maddison, 6, were riding their bicycles in Erskine when the birds started to swoop.

Despite Maddison wearing a helmet, she received a scratch on her eyelid after an altercation with a magpie.

"We were on the cycle path and there were a few magpies attacking people that were walking in the area," Mr Duggan said.

"A magpie swooped in - I had my hands over the top of Maddison and she had a helmet on.

"I don't know if it was a peck or a wing that caught her.

"She was really upset and scared.

"It could have been a lot worse - it could have got her completely in the eye and could have blinded her.

"Magpies are only protecting their young in the trees but I think we need to put some signs up so people are aware.

"People should wear wraparound sunglasses and a hat - they are very aggressive at the moment."