A magpie is terrorising the streets of Te Puke.
Willie Jarvis, a resident at Boucher St, says he has been attacked by a magpie twice on his daily walks.
He says he was first attacked on Wednesday.
“There’s a house near Cameron Road I pass on my daily walk. I could hear this noise which sounded like a puppy crying.
“I was looking to see where the puppy was and if it was tied up, and I realised it was a magpie up in a TV aerial.
“As soon as I noticed it he decided he was going to sort me right out. He flew down, attacked me and I managed to bat him off and go home.
“The next day I returned to the same area and it happened again, only this time the bird actually hit me in the back of the head.”
He says he isn’t the only one who has fallen victim.
“The second time this happened there was actually another woman walking in the same area on the opposite side of the road.
“I said to her to be careful because magpies are attacking and next minute, it had a go at her too.”
He says neither Western Bay of Plenty Council or Bay of Plenty Regional Council have been able to help.
“Because it’s on private property rather than in a park or reserve regional council has said they can’t send anyone out, but they have recommended I warn people away from the area.”
Willie thinks the birds may be nesting.
“I’ve done some research on magpies and I’ve discovered they can be quite territorial and aggressive while they are nesting.
“They are smart birds, if they see your face once they will remember you the next time they see you.”
He’s warning other members of public to steer clear of the area.