HEAVY rain and flooding have not stopped aggressive male magpies from swooping down onto unsuspecting residents.
Perhaps the floodwaters have stirred them up or the increased numbers of people by the Wimmera River looking at the weir have bumped up the chances of attack.
Horsham’s Andrew Sostheim was out on his regular jog along the river on Saturday morning when he was struck by a magpie.
Mr Sostheim’s head was left bloodied after copping a beak to the bonce near the time capsule.
“I’m all right but I think my pride is more damaged,” he said.
“The magpie had been stalking me for a few weeks.
“It was a pretty deep puncture wound but it looked worse than it was.”
Mr Sostheim headed back out on the trail on Sunday after some first aid.
“I was going to wear a cricket helmet but my wife laughed too much,” he said.