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Re: MAGPIES

Postby Jacksparrow » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:24 pm

Placido wrote:A magpie yesterday with 2 teenagers. They were hoovering up the remnants of lunch feed around the feeder cage. One of the youngsters was acting just as a baby sparrow, ie. beak open, wings fluttering rapidly, and the adult was feeding it, although it seemed big enough to fend for itself.
Thing was, the sight of rapidly fluttering magpie wings is a sight to behold, and I've never witnessed this behaviour previously.
Created quite a breeze.

What a treat. I can't recall seeing a juvenile magpie let alone one being fed by it's parent. :)
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Re: MAGPIES

Postby Placido » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:30 am

They've been again this morning :unsure:. Not sure that they've decided to adopt this wondrous playground as their own .......
(They like water.)
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Re: MAGPIES

Postby Jacksparrow » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:42 pm

Placido wrote:They've been again this morning :unsure:. Not sure that they've decided to adopt this wondrous playground as their own .......
(They like water.)

The only drawback is that most of the other garden birds are very wary of Magpies as their reputation as nest robbers is well deserved. I know there are very few(if any) nests at present but they are still not likely to be welcomed with open wings.
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Re: MAGPIES

Postby Placido » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:46 am

My worry, Jacksparrow. Don't want them too accustomed to this.

Checked laying dates of UK magpies yesterday: April - June seems normal so this is very puzzling.
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Re: MAGPIES

Postby Placido » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:09 pm

The above-mentioned young magpies are still around. They operate as a team :unsure:.
The ground feeder cage had them foxed some time ago and they don't bother now; however, today just goes to show how alert they are.

In error, I had given too much afternoon feed yesterday and some evidently remained overnight. This morning 'my' overfed, spoiled, nice-beaked little scroun... darlings wouldn't touch it. I put new breakfast on top, they ate that and left the old stuff :shrug:.
Crafty, thought I: move the cage and the ferals will happen along and clear up. Did so and was scarcely in the house when down came the magpie duo and scoffed the lot at lightning speed.
They've obviously got Airstrip One under close surveillance. Scary ....... :rolleyes: :(
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