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do magpies mate for life

There are actually many species of magpie, but most of the rumours centre on Eurasian magpies ().In … Peter (author) from Australia on December 28, 2014: @Tassie Girl , sorry for the delay in replying but I have just recovered your comment from the 'Spam filter' :(. Magpies generally mate for life , although the alpha male generally has more than one female with which to mate and they live as a type of family commune. Most Magpie species are monogamous, and pairs continue to breed every year for life. One baby is very strong and perched on a twig. Contains easy, practical and helpful information for each month of the year. The strip of grass has ten gum trees which is where the magpies live and they are all going to be cut down for the road extensions. It was hiding in the bushes and was very hard to see as Mum and Dad Magpie were very protective and would not let anyone near to the two fledglings. The Magpie has a grey and black bill and a red-brown eye. Thanks to Robbie Anne for taking the photos and agreeing to share them with the readers at Hubpages: Taeko and Dumbo (the Magpie ) devour their brekkys :), Dumbo (Magpie) and Taeko enjoying afternoon tea :). Taeko on a regular basis shares space with her Magpie friends!Robbie Anne tells us and you will also see in the images I have posted, that her cat Taeko and her family of Magpies have a very friendly relationship and often share afternoon-tea chit-chats! Peter (author) from Australia on August 04, 2014: @missmypinetree Yep never underestimate a wounded Magpie . We watched the mum and dad build the nest and raise 2 babes. Xx, and just to add..the one that was hit wanted to be back over the road in the double property with trees that it knew/knows.. it was in pretty good nick for a bird that was looking pretty much dead on the road with its parents about to get hit also (they were freaking out) ..and for some dumb reason i just didn't want to be the one that took their baby away .. as i said..they were watching me .. saving him/her for my enjoyment was so not on my agenda. Robbie Anne has sent in some of her photos with her cat Taeko and the Magpies see above in the main body. Hi there. I and I'm sure our many readers would love to hear the next installment of your Magpie adventure... Firstly I would like to apologize to all the 'commentors' on this Hub about the Australian Magpie for my delay in replying to comments that they have left! On top of this apparent ease of partner replacement, magpies partake in extra-pair copulations—that is, they have sex with other magpies even when their main partner is alive and well. Lets hope !!! During the breeding season they will take eggs and young of other birds. The surviving bird will grieve for their mate, but will then seek out another and begin the process all over again. These birds are quite territorial and usually stay in a family group. Now that you know that magpies mate for life, you might wonder what happens if one bird suddenly dies, leaving the other alone? Our whole family has been devastated by the accident, but dad (magpie) has not returned. Speaking for myself and I'm sure our other Magpie Nutters would love to read your children's books about Magpies so let's know how it is progressing? If they are being feed every day with the mince he might like to add some things to help with the the Young magpies growth as they may be missing out on some Nutrition that Magpies need to grow strong bones and beaks! No feathers but a lot of cheek. This is a part of their eating habits, and has been studied in pet/domesticated magpies. We occasionally feed them in winter when the weather is cold and windy and often wonder how they can survive the wet cold nights. Recently our other native birds, especially the Wattle Honey Eaters have been building nests and breeding and are behaving very aggresively toward other birds that they normally tolerate! https://www.audubon.org/news/till-death-do-them-part-8-birds-mate-life He was also quite fun to play with - I would throw food up into the air and he would jump up and catch it. Magpies being omnivores are never short of food and we often see them fossicking through the cut grass for fresh food. @Oldbeakie thanks for dropping by do you have any updates on your Magpie family ? This may be down to the fact that magpies mate for life. They would collect the food from us and then go and shove it down the fledgling throat. As far as when does the baby stop crying? If you do decide to feed birds never put out so much that they become dependent upon you and lose their natural ability to gather their own food. We don't know exactly what proportion of the summer diet of urban and suburban magpies these comprise: estimates vary between 3 per cent and 38 per cent by weight, although most estimates are at the low end of this scale. I have not been to a footy game for years I think the last one was when the Tigers beat the Blues in a Final LOL That's how long it has been lol. Thank you very much Agvulpes (Peter) and missmvpinetree. Hi there! Thanks. Magpies are a very interesting birds to observe. I have had the same neighbours all the time I have been living at my home. ‘Two for … You may be right about the old Mum Magpie being pecked to death. How intelligent are jackdaws? 0 0. That's beautiful missmvpinetree. However, as the well-known rhyme shows, it is generally only seeing a lone magpie that is supposed to bring bad luck. Unfortunately Magpies are not an endangered species so I believe that the Authorities would more than likely tell you that nothing could be done to protect the birds habitat ? Check out some of the pics up the top ? well i saw one baby yesterday ! The male magpie was a great bird... so much personality! Very saddened to hear of any bird being 'killed', especially losing the Matriarch of the family and I understand just how traumatic this must have been for you and your family. I am assuming mate as they click beaks. Mating for life or death Magpies will often mate for life. Some years ago now a family of Magpie adopted our back garden as their home and over a period of time they learned to trust Oliversmum and me. From what I have read I might ask the question if you have a dam close by? Will dad magpie come back? The first Fledgling to leave the nest was no problem it came down and landed very clumsily and got up and looked for cover and over the next week or two became quite proficient at flying. My feeling is that it is more than likely one of the offspring returning with a new family ! Horrible to think but I guess they have to eat! It is she that sits on the eggs for 13 days until they hatch. I have a biased affection for our Black and White feathered friends,being a pies supporter. website. btw: If you have have any pictures relating to your Magpies and would like them included in the article for people to see by all means submit them to me via email attachments. lol. Two chicks in a mud nest Birds generally pair for life (though divorce is not unknown) and defend a territory together. Male magpies try to get the attention of females by showing off the glowing white feathers on their wings. Also in my experience the Magpie family (when you get one and I'm sure you will lol) only has one 'alpha' male and more than one female bird ? The male wren goes to a lot of work to woo his prospective mate. They sit in the trees calling and I walk outside and whistle and they come down. Peter (author) from Australia on January 30, 2015: @Jennifer what a great question and I wish that I could give you a definitive answer :). lol .. that baby bird has me well trained lol.. They are up to their 4th generation. @missmypinetree it is great to read about your menagerie of the various 'animals' and isn't it great to see how the different species, if treated right, can get on together so well! I am the Manager of the aquarium section. He is back but a whole lot slower at the moment and the mynas seem to know it. Please let's know how the little Magpies are handling their new life :). I have listed below some interesting facts about this bird: Over the years I have developed an affinity with Magpies and have a certain love of the way they live their lives. Hi we have had a pair of magpies nesting in our front yard. Well Bev thanks again for sharing your story on your Magpie family and we would love to read any updates you would like to share. More or less. The twine / cotton may not 'biodegrade' and strangle the growth in his foot and I am of the opinion that this bird should be 'helped' but only in a humane way of course :). Fortunately for me no damage was done. They need to be big, the birds can lay as many as 8 eggs, though it is unlikely they will all survive. It would seem that the Magpie Nutters Club is growing :). It's my opinion that as far as medical treatment for Magpies go I am no expert and would much prefer to have them in the hands of a Professional in the field! Have you seen how a dog will dig and roll around in the dirt to find some cool spot, I think the Magpies do it for the same reason ! On average this is around 3 years but there have been some recordings of magpies making it into the early 20s! The prognosis was not good. I have been of the same opinion as you that if my maggies had more babies, they would indeed be visiting more often for more food. and i've read that the adults only feed them for four weeks then mostly ignore them ? Well I wish you luck following the Dees I'm a big Tiger fan myself, very disappointed about the finish last year but as 'they' say " There's always next year" lol. I did actually want the Magpies to win that Grand Final. Clutch size varies by species, but on average females lay about six eggs per clutch. :) they're almost fully fledged ! Peter has been a birdwatcher since he was a young lad. I'm new to Australia from New Zealand, currently living in Brisbane. What was the reason the vet and you decided that what you thought/wanted to do was more important that what its parents wanted to do? Nice to see you back and look forward to more of your Magpie / bird tales :), Well, Finally a new house and internet, which took a lifetime of convincing Telstra. Last year i moved onto a 3 acre property and was happy to be told by the previous owner that they have 2 regular magpies staying almost 10 years now. He builds multiple nests in a small vicinity, hoping that she will approve of one of them. Indeed magpies meet their mate and tend to stay together for the duration of their lives. Both birds build the nest near to the top of hedge, tree, or bush. They even wait for my car of an afternoon and guaranteed, by the time I am inside, they are waiting for their food. It it takes 24 days for them to hatch. She has a real dynasty going there doesn't she ? He does not get any because he is on a special diet and does not eat anything that the Magpies eat. In the 20 metres or so that I had to walk from picking up the baby the Mum Magpie attacked me all of the way. @Claire yes the magpies have a way of 'selecting' a family don't they ? Pied Currawongs look similar to the Australian Magpie and the Pied Butcherbird, but with a few key differences. They greet me and thank me for food every time they see me, even responding to my poor whistling attempt. It looks like your Miss Possy should be called Miss Bossy. I miss him! It is a bit like a 20 something son living at home, there will soon be a challenge to 'who is the alpha male' lol However I think the Magpies have a more 'civilised' way of sorting out their differences :). Young magpies leave the nest around 27 days after hatching. .. it's not a game i'd like to be at lol it will be feral ! I have my wonderful memories and snap shots. After a couple of days, the mother would join and they would gladly take food from me, even recognizing when I would come outside. You can check out the recipes above or: http://www.faunarescue.org.au/bird-insectivore.htm. I have a family of 5 Magpies - Grannie, an Alpha Male, a younger male, his Sister and an 18 month old Female who got all of her black adult plumage about 3 months ago. Now his sibling has disappeared as well. Unfortunately for us up here in the sticks we don't have many choices and they are the best of a not so good bunch ? My first meeting with them was 5 years ago when 2 Magpies appeared in my back yard about 1 month before the 2010 grand final. Taeko and Dumbo : to share or not to share? Peter (author) from Australia on July 21, 2015: G'day Belcaesar and nice to read your great story! Magpies mate for life, and it’s the male bird that defends the nest, and may swoop at passersby when chicks are young. And the pair of them attacked every crow, currawong or other magpie that came anywhere near our yard, but now we just don't see them anymore. Mum was still around and mysteriously found dead on neighbours lawn, looking very much like it was pecked to death. Please :). I still hear magpies carolling in the morning and sporadically throughout the day. In a sporting sense the most famous (arguably) and hated (without question lol ) football team in Australia is Collingwood and they are called the Magpies due to their black and white colored jumpers. Peter (author) from Australia on August 09, 2014: @missmypinetree thanks for that information :) I would love to share some magpie photos with our readers ! The most common name for a group of magpies is 'A Parliament'. ... Do platypuses mate for life? ... No. Greg and I are both now working at the same place at a huge major produce store near us. Peter (author) from Australia on March 13, 2015: G'day @Kitty what a great story to share with other Magpie lovers and I'm sure that we would all love to see the photos of them sitting on your Partner's boots :). and i did film some carlton supporters leaving early that night .. cheeky me ! There's an Alpha male in the family though he's quite nasty to the baby .. :). Love the carolling. Telling the difference between baby Magpies and their Mums and Dads can sometimes be a bit difficult?Baby and juvenile magpies have a darker bill than the adult magpie.It has been reported that Magpies can live up to 30 years and as the magpie ages it's bill starts to whiten leaving a dark blueish section at the point.Picking the gender of a Magpie is not as easy?In our neck of the wood, the Magpie male is a larger bird and usually more dominant and aggressive.If you look at the back of a male Magpie the 'white' part of his back is almost pure white whereas the female Magpie has a more mottled 'white' section. Hi there agvulpes! Unlike other birds they walk fairly upright and do not hop or waddle like most other birds. I would perhaps give the RSPCA a call if you are UK based? However, many young birds die in the first months of life due to poor weather conditions, lack of food, road traffic hazards and natural predators. That's when I noticed dad magpie was hovering on my right side, briefly landed on my shoulder then touched down to the ground. These birds are intelligent and can identify individual faces. Koalas do not mate for life. I am very worried what will happen to these birds and I voiced my concerns but only to fall on deaf ears. I agree with @Oldbeakie !!! It would be a sad old world indeed if we could not get out in the fresh air and communicate with another species placed on this planet to share it's natural beauties :). The baby magpie that you see in the nest high in the tree is at our estimate only 1 week old, if you look closely it's eyes are not yet fully open. Magpies mate for life and it was believed that when a magpie’s mate died it summoned an assembly of magpies who would honour the dead bird before selecting a new mate for the bereaved magpie. It looks like 'life' has moved on doesn't it :). The Vet and I had quite a discussion about the best cause of action and he even called the Wild Life authorities to get their suggestions ! Who knows you may have a new member of your family before long? Looking forward to hearing about your 'babies'. Peter (author) from Australia on October 04, 2014: @missmypinetree... wow that wind sure was something wasn't it ? Now they come morning and night on to my husbands shed to be fed fresh mince. You will get a response, guaranteed :). If you are lucky they may also be Fairy Wrens and if you are very lucky you may get some Superb Fairy Wrens ! G'day there MagpieMatty and a warm welcome to Australia :) I hope you are enjoying yourself up in Brisbane! My heart sinks every morning and night when I call them and they don't come down, and to think that they may infact be hurt somewhere and I can't help them. There's a first time for everything. I do recall a few months ago now that my 3 maggies were defending their territory against 4 other maggies, by chasing them away. Then it dawned on me: If the Magpie did not enjoy the interaction it would just fly away. One for sorrow, two for joy… this makes me think that solitary magpies are lonely and only become happy when they’re in a pair. However in my experience the female Magpie is much more 'timid' than the male bird, which makes me think that your Harry is a male Magpie? Once the birds have fledged they will seek out a flock to join where they will stay for up to 2 years until they find a mate and create a territory. They build large, domed nests in thorny bushes or high up in tall trees. They seem very scared and unsure, almost like they don't trust us. Last season was not a good season for baby magpies here either, from memory there was a lot of Kurrawongs around and they just love to steal the eggs from nests and attack the very young babies :(, Oh we should feel sorry for the Blues shouldn't we ? Enjoy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECGfddDIeQA. We were hoping that with the help of Mum and Dad Magpie it would soon come good. Peter (author) from Australia on September 16, 2014: @Oldbeakie Hi Di thanks for the update. I feed them various things. After a few days of just walking in and trusting me,i was able to feed her straight out of my hand. The Australian Magpies are monogamous, and would mate and breed in their respective territories that they defend against predators and other groups of magpies. It is a shame that so called 'progress' must interfere with our native life ! We recently moved to tassie from Perth WA and in both states we have had the pleasure of a family of magpies taking residence in our yard. Peter (author) from Australia on September 21, 2016: Hi there Lorraine :) what a great Magpie story one I will remember for some time :). Though in my experience the older Mapies don't remain the Alpha bird for that length of time, so your old boy is doing pretty well :). They are large domed affairs, often with 2 entrances. Magpies are very clever birds and will do what they have to do to get their 'Prey' into the correct size. I too had the pleasure of befriending a magpie couple who have been coming to our house every day for about a year now. I will continue to call them and hope that one day soon they will hear my call and come back home. Are you anywhere near SeaWorld by any chance? Source: Bird On! Peter (author) from Australia on October 13, 2014: @Oldbeakie I agree that missmypinetree must be having a lovely time with her family of Magpies. Wow, what a wonderful experience .... How amazing is that. It should have been taken back to its parents to do what magpie parents do in these cases. The bird had a severely damaged wing and leg (probably caused by falling from the nest ) and the Vet told us that it would never fly or be able to perch on a branch and was surprised that it had survived for so long. From what I have read the problem with 'mince meat' is the preservatives that are added , not good for the birds apparently! :). Also they often live in fairly large groups. Lisa thanks for the update and please let's know if your Magpie friend returns, it would be a shame to lose contact with him :), Thank you so much for your response and also for the warm welcome into your group! My butcher birds, miner birds and rosellas still come for the food every day, but I really wish my maggie family would return home to me. I cannot get rid of them and just wish they were Maggies, I have taken down some Bamboo between us and the bush and hope that will bring them in more... For your question Agvulpes. As far as I can ascertain Magpies have the senses of Sight, Hearing and Feel. I have also heard about the 'ants nest' theory but to be honest I don't put much credence in the story. The dad would quite frequently wonder around the lawn, waiting for me to stir up bugs in the garden. Unfortunately I did not have any tidbits to give them. the father bird has been progressively violent with pushing one of them away when he came to my door to be fed. This morning as I walked outside, I heard a loud carol and felt mum magpie flutter past me, feeling the breeze from her wings. If you want to send me some images to share I can always post them onto this article? Right ? The other possibility is that, and I really hate saying this, they have found another place that they prefer? They all now eat from my hand and are totally unafraid but my Mimi foxy is jealous and barks and chases them but they aren’t scared of him. I am sure you agree with me that we do carry a heavy responsibility on our shoulders when we take on the 'task' of feeding our feathered friends. It's only the two of them, and they come every afternoon for dinner. This is where magpies of opposite sexes meet before branching off to form their territory. They also sing complex songs, and the sound of magpies can often be heard early in the morning as the sun rises. Hmm... my guess is when you stop feeding it and 'force' it to rummage for it's own food :). We don't have a dam but there is a trickling creek behind us that only ever trickles as we are very very high up the hills. Peter (author) from Australia on April 30, 2016: I hope that you accept my apology for the delay in replying to your marvelous Magpie story :), (and I won't hold it against you for being a Pies supporter. We are fortunate down here as we don't have the Tick problem however we went for a drive today to visit Lake Tyers were there are Ticks and had to check Oliver thoroughly when we got home! My email address is willnakken@hotmail.com Thankyou. Do magpies mate for life? Next we had to wait until Mum and Dad were distracted and then just pick up the bird and put it in the carton. I know some people that were feeding their Magpie friends twice daily every day and now they have gone on a round Australia trip for 8 months and the Magpies have to learn to source their own food and adjust their diet :(. hmmm don't get me started. Do Magpies mate for life? Sad, I know, but we must all eat to survive, Right? Claire thanks so much for sharing your story. Great to watch :). I followed him with the binoculars and saw him land in a tree, then 3 others arrived. It may take a while (maybe never) but if you keep persisting by putting out the 'traditional' Magpie treats you just may attract the new Magpie family down to your Garden! It has absolutely amazed me just how many people have enjoyed an experience with a family of Magpies. The nesting season of these birds is between August and October. Peter (author) from Australia on May 28, 2014: G'day Belcaesar nice to hear from you again, I had started to think we had lost you :) I agree with you about Telstra ( Australia's largest telephone company who once had a monopoly on communications and still owns the copper wire network) Your new house sounds great with a much wider variety of birds to share your life with :). The main devotion of my spare time is spent bird watching and gardening. Still no Maggie family to love yet..... we have a lot of reptiles around this area as well as tiny tiny birds that look like they are from the finch family. Hi, Could you tell me if Magpies can hear worms in the ground as they appear to listen to the ground with the head on the side and then dig and often pull a worm out. I believe that it is wise move to not overfeed as you don't want the Magpie to become reliant on you for their nourishment. Our local Magpies are used to being fed by we mere humans and do not swoop on us at all. Magpies are very territorial, and once they are part of … It's great to hear that you have your 'Special Time' with your feathered friends and I'm sure that they also regard it as special? Peter (author) from Australia on January 16, 2015: @Mel g'day to you and welcome to the Magpie Lovers Club ! I have noticed our Magpies have started the nest building process so I guess that must sense that winter is drawing to a close and Spring is just around the corner! You could try mixing up the recipe mentioned above, Magpies really love it? I have seen two female magpies feeding the young but no not two Males! They have many traits similar to we humans ! Everyday they would return as I ventured my back yard.They would watch from the tall trees in a school behind my house. It amuses me that they only seem to reject other Magpies, I have seem them actually share food we have put out with birds such as Wattle birds and Lorikeets. It is a great Magpie time over here in Gippsland as our resident Magpies have just had their babies and they are entertaining us most of the time! I will wait for him to come back, in the meantime I will care for my two feathery companions, and the rest of my bird family. What will happen to these birds when their home is gone? I am saddened to read that "the decision was made to humanely euthanise the baby magpie" as I feel this was not yours of the vets to make. Magpie juvenile, approx 12 months old showing a dark blue/blackish bill. Also the female birds are usually kept around to learn the skills of being a good Mum such as feeding the nieces and nephews as they arrive in later hatching's ! When he feeds them, they perch on the toe of his work boots and even sit on his knees and take there food! Look forward to hearing the cheeky young one everyday knock on the door and have a crunch at any cat biscuits that may be left over! Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on December 22, 2015: Thank you for this awesome hub, Peter! lol. lol, Missmypinetree I hope you hang in there I'm confident that in the long run it will all work out well for the Magpies and yourself . To some degree, this is true, magpies are thought to have earned their bad reputation in part due to their willingness to attack when they’re alone. .. There will always be an Alpha Magpie it is the only way to ensure the survival of the Species! If the birds relocate, will they come back to see me? The Tawny Frogmouth certainly is an interesting bird and I'm sure that when you start putting out the food to attract some Magpies they will appear very quickly! By this time the surviving baby Magpie was also queuing up for its food. I have seen Magpies do exactly what you describe but only when it is extremely hot ! Sending love and safety to old beakie. One even sat on the couch with me! Or on the other hand by doing the same thing your 'old' Maggie family may just one day appear from nowhere :), So either way keep trying and never give up , :), You have one advantage in that you have the Butcher Birds, Rosellas etc., to keep you company :), We hope that you had a great Christmas and look forward to reading more about your Magpie friends in 2015 :). It looks like you have indeed 'acquired' a new family of Magpies ? 2) They may well be busy building a nest ? Thanks again for the story and I'm sure the readers would love to catch up with any updates about your Magpies that you my care to share. 1) The younger females in my experience usually leave the family group and find a non-related male ( probably a natural instinct to keep the line pure) In your instance the stronger young female may have challenged the old Mum and won the fight (survival of the fittest so to speak). We have laid mum magpie to rest in a special part of the garden where they would always play and eat. I am very keen on watching the birds and I got my family to help make a website where I can share some of my hints, tips and tricks and share valuable information. Nuts , chopped up dog food pellets which they love, water melon I’ve just discovered and they forage, drink and bathe in my bird friendly yard. I've been feeding a family of magpies for over a year, when the babies were little things being fed by their mother and whinging constantly. Which I'm happy about. I had my first encounter with a family of friendly magpies less than a month ago. In the UK, a lone magpie is considered especially ominous and it is commonplace to voice a respectful enquiry as to the health of its wife and children. It looks like you have really got the 'nack' to being a good 'friend' of our feathered friends and I hope that you keep up the good work! hooray ! Sorry I have not replied earlier, however I sure enjoyed reading your Magpie experiences. Great to hear the news about old Bumpy Leg you are sure collecting a lovely family of Magpies. Ah Montgomery what a great name for a Magpie, very General like the way they march around ! Maybe if this is the case then my family might come back and regain their territory. Occasionally they have a baby with them, but it doesn't seem like a new baby as it doesn't rely on them for food, or make a sound. Although slightly larger The Australian Magpie is more closely related to the Butcherbird. Bass, D.A. I, and I'm sure, our other 'Magpie Nut' club members, would love to hear any anecdotes you would care to share. Could anyone help me with that. If one is seen on its own some people salute it and say: "I salute you Mr Magpie." Peter (author) from Australia on September 13, 2014: G'day David and thanks for dropping by :) I will have a look at your Blog and see how your Magpies are going ! i'm sure they would be if they could be but they can't be around here .. they're in a rented property over the road but they have dogs :( and of course there's the odd stray cat .. bumpy leg has raised her babies high in the tree tops and this year they've made it ..yayyy. Thank you for listening, I really hope he returns. We were watching them just today and Oliversmum fed them some treats and they shared it among the whole family! Peter (author) from Australia on August 09, 2017: Hi Dianne and thanks for the great observation and share ! However, it is already strong enough to be demanding food from Mum and Dad Magpie and they are being run ragged keeping up supply. I would love to share it with you Agvulpes when I am done. I would love to put photos of my magpies on the site, but I don't know how to add a photo. lol, Thanks again for your comment and look forward to more updates on your own Magpie family :). It is possible, however, for exceptions to occur. If you have a story to tell, or a question to ask, about a family or individual Magpie just scroll down to the 'comment box' and leave a comment. My partner and I were quite sure that we were actually feeding the alpha male and female as they were quite aggressive towards all other birds, including their own baby once they'd had enough of him. Your email address will not be published. great liittle mate. Thanks again for the visit and lets know how your young Magpie is getting on? We continued this ritual and would feed them once a day with raw mince and have been doing this for approx. Colleen as you have already discovered there is a lot of trust involved in this process and at time some 'broken hearts' but in the end I'm sure you will say "It's been well worth it " :). So with a combination of these senses the magpie can feel the Worm moving through the ground with it's feet and by focusing its hearing can pinpoint the hole where the Worm is going to emerge from and with it's head cocked to one side can focus its 'eye' (like we do when aiming a camera )on the hole for it to plunge it's beak into the ground to grab the unsuspecting worm. They are made from twigs and mud and aren’t the neatest looking structures. anyway enjoy your magpie families .. i will keep you posted ! (I called him Bashful, cause he was very shy after having a fishing line wrapped around his leg, which I eventually removed) He would still sneak over when he thought nobody was looking, but I haven't seen him for a week. I have just started a magpie blog so early days, http://magpiesatmandalaynews.wordpress.com. If he cant see Pepa he comes up for a nibble on cheese... not sure why this is his favourite. I used to love when he would sing his magpie song at my kitchen window while trying to peek through the curtains. If I am late rising out of bed on the weekend, they come and sit outside my window and call me until I go outside, have a chat with them and feed them. He'll help protect the … As far as where they roost in the wild winds ?, I would say you are correct as I have been told by a number of people that when you are deep in the heart of a large tree it is quite calm, it just 'sways' a lot ! A few days later I went back and remembered to take something. Good to hear that old bumpy leg and family have 'resettled' now that next doors cat is gone! I still have my 3 magpies lol even little miss with her bumpy leg that healed just nicely ..i still recognise her though because of the slight bump .. sadly they've not added to their nest since my pine tree was cut down but they're hanging in there !! Our own experiences in the past lead me to believe that your Magpie family will find a new tree to rebuild in and soon come back to renew their friendship with you ! They have a young one that joins them on my lawn. 0 1 2. We know they can but they have to 'feel' that they can themselves? It will be a glorious day when they do come back to me. Peter (author) from Australia on September 27, 2014: G'day @Bluetrain and thanks for sharing your love of Magpies with us here:). I still have not been able to find one case of a whole family of Magpies just 'disappearing'. They become reliant on getting the feed and loose the 'knowledge' to forage for their own tucker. Peter (author) from Australia on August 06, 2014: @Oldbeakie first let me thank you so much for sharing your Magpie story. I doubt it but I was told once that magpies mate for life (like swans) so if you see a magpie on its own it's sad cos it's lost its partner :-(One for sorrow ... 0 0. I'm sure all of the other Magpie Nutters would love to keep hearing updates ? Especially not at heists. Required fields are marked *. I live on a property and there are no busy roads around my property, so it is very unlikely that they have been hit by a car. It is a lovely feeling when the Magpies come and have a chat with you and treat you like a friend, they seem to be the only birds that have this trait :), Ron thanks for sharing your Magpie anecdote with us and please if your Magpie does have a family feel free to drop in and keep us informed :). Maybe something like this has occured in your area and the Magpies have temporarily relocated :). We also see the Magpies gathering sticks and stuff for their nests might be an early spring this year? Anyway, I have caught up on everyone stories and they are fantastic.

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