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."