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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

M for ABC Wednesday

The image is from Wikipedia.


Magpie


This is the first year I've seen magpies in my yard. For several weeks, they've rocked small limbs and pestered squirrels while they remain firmly in possession. With long tales and clearly defined black-and-white feathers, magpies race past the windows, bathe in rain puddles and shake themselves dry in the surrounding pines. I'm pleased they've chosen to anchor here for now.

Do you have magpies in your world?
 












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23 comments:

Scriptor Senex said...

Magpies can be a bit of a pest in our garden - raiding the nests of other birds but that doesn't stop them being beautiful creatures.

Lisa said...

No, I don't have magpies in our yard. They are strikingly handsome birds.

Gigi Ann said...

I don't think I've ever seen a Magpie in my life. Whether they are in my part of the world, I do not know.

Roger Owen Green said...

I doubt I've ever seen a magpie in upstate NY, US.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

EG Wow said...

I don't believe I have ever seen a magpie in MY yard. :)

anthonynorth said...

It's been many years since I've seen a Magpie. great pic.

sandy said...

I have never seen one, but am looking foward to the little tuxedo wearers, when we move out west.

photowannabe said...

I have seen a few magpies in our yard too. They really are large and do take ownership of everything. Great shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

People around here complain about magpies, but I like them!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Hildred and Charles said...

We don't see many magpies, but appreciate them for their beauty when we do.

Nanka said...

Can't tell if the black and white bird I saw, with a fan-like tail was a Magpie!!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful magpie!

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Paula Scott said...

OH, lucky, lucky YOU! I love magpies and how they look. They certainly command one's attention, don't they?

Gattina said...

Sometimes I think magpies are the only birds over our garden ! and they nag the cats !
Gattina
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Jedediah said...

They are lovely birds. There's a pair in my backyard, I've watched them raising their chicks and now they are stashing away food for the winter. It's hilarious to see: magpie carries some sort of food around, glances visibly to the right and left and then quickly jabs the food into the ground and covers it with moss and leaves. Then it walks away and it would whistle if it could. Food? There's no food here.

Shooting Parrots said...

We do indeed have magpies, at least two families of them nesting nearby. They look beautiful, but tend to bully everything else in the garden!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Beautiful birds, aren't they?

Joy said...

Lots, and lots of magpies here. (I enjoy saying that because usually in ABC Wednesday I see lots of exotic birds that I have never seen). Do you have the same tradition that it is bad luck if you only see one magpie and to avert this it has to be saluted and addressed. I used to work in an office overlooking a garden and one very suspicious work friend was always saluting the lone magpie and saying hello mr magpie how is your wife.

Wanda said...

Never seen a Magpie in our neck of the woods.

I have doves, house finches and sparrows.

Carver said...

Great shot of the magpie. I don't think I've ever seen a magpie. I live in eastern U.S. and I think in North America they are mostly in the west.

Reader Wil said...

Our magpies are taller and have longer tails. They are noisy and a threat to other smaller birds.
Thanks for showing yours!

Friko said...

yes, but I don't welcome them. They disturb too many of my songbirds and even the rooks will scatter at their approach.

Dave King said...

They are a constant source of amusement and irritation, pecking holes in milk bottles to drink the milk and chasing other birds away. Fine post.