Sunday, November 7, 2010

Magpies playing

I didn't know that birds played! I've just been watching the three baby Magpies I feed every morning and they were lying on their backs in the sun and cheekily pecking and scratching each other. One ran off with a small white feather in its beak; a kind of trophy of the engagement. Now they're mesmerised by something in a hole in a tree stump in the garden and are taking turns hopping on and off the top of it. Both their parents who come within inches of me when I'm throwing bread each morning, flew away about half an hour ago to leave their offspring to their own devices. My little Magpie visitors have finally found their voices and were warbling together so happily on this very Spring-like day.

5 comments:

  1. Please stop feeding the birds bread and read the link below. Feeding them bread creates deformities and can basically lead to a slow and painful death, as the lack of calcium means their legs break, and they will ultimately need to be euthanised. They are insectivores and do not need you!


    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/bread-causing-magpie-birth-defects/story-e6frea83-1225779993697

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  2. Firstly, thank you for your valuable comment and contribution - you are obviously a bird lover. I had already decided to stop feeding the Magpies, only because it is probably better if they begin now to fend solely for themselves. But rest assured that the bread that I've been feeding them is rich with seeds and grain and calcium enriched. You can see from the photos that these three baby Magpies are complete, happy and healthy in every way. :)

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  3. what a GREAT photo! thanks for the narrative too. Magpies are such a joy!

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  4. So glad that you enjoyed the photo. I still feed the Magpies every day.

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  5. We too have magpie that lay on their backs in the grass and soak in the sun.

    FYI, Magpies eat anything and everything so I'm sure you aren't doing any harm.

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