(with a nod to Gerald Durrel and My family and Other Animals)

Magpies don’t have a good rep hereabouts. They apparently seek out and dine on baby birds.

As it happens, I love our lot, who are pretty much permanent customers at the  restaurant.


They squabble and bicker.   I guess tail pulling is equivalent to hair pulling?

tail pulling

They are not the brightest.   Seem to know they are supposed to take an interest in rodents – but our rats (fortunately now deceased, thanks to rat man) run circles around them.

slow class

But they do try.   This one was trying to work out how to access the hanging bird feeder.   Not a chance – when he finally made the attempt, brought it crashing to the ground.  Very undignified.


The adult birds have learned to dip chunks of bread into the water in the bird bath before swallowing.   Not so the juveniles, who will almost choke to death on dry bread.   One assumes they will observe their parents and learn in time?

We haven’t a clue what the apples and pears taste like.   The magenpies get there first.


It’s okay.   They pay their dues in entertainment value.




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15 Responses to Magenpies

  1. Great photos of these cheeky birds. 😃

  2. libraschild says:

    mmmh baby birds… they are carnivorous? or omnivores? loads of clown entertainment! I’m watching the squirrels myself

  3. Gunta says:

    You’re getting quite the bird watching experience there. What great fun that is! If nothing else, those magpies are full of personality.

  4. Arkenaten says:

    Never seen a Magpie, ca you believe it? Getting pretty nifty with the camera I see! 😉

    • footsy2 says:

      I have some vague idea that pied crows are the same as magpies, but I may be mistaken.

      • Arkenaten says:

        Although both members of the Corvid family they are not the same … according to Wiki.
        Remember: Google is your friend!

      • footsy2 says:

        Hi Ark. Okay, got it, sort of… One thing I do know. Unless you are a saint, and tempting as it may be, you don’t want to hand raise a crow of any description. I have met a good few and they are a menace. You can’t leave a bottle of booze sitting around unsupervised. Two I knew would knock it over then tap on the lid until it leaked, then get rat arsed. Another would steal the last box of matches, fly to the highest tree, then drop matches, one at a time, on your head. And so on.

  5. cocoaupnorth says:

    Great shots!

  6. colonialist says:

    The only thing I know about magpies is that one counts them, and five or six are both rather good numbers.
    I love the ‘what the heck?’ bird feeder shot.

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