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What quoth the magpie?

July 2, 2010

I like magpies.

I know magpies have a reputation for being pesky, but I still do a double-take when I see one fly by with its bold pattern and long tail. It gives me a little thrill, like I was back in Africa logging birds onto my life list.

I was hiking the bluff this past weekend, when I encountered an apparent magpie family spat. Or perhaps it was a turf war. Anyway, about a half-dozen birds were hollering at each other and flying around.

I don’t know if I looked suspiciously magpie-like, but one landed in a tree near me and gave me the birdie-eye.

Too late, I activated the zoom on my camera.

Magpies are corvids, among a group of very smart birds.

Here’s my favorite shot.

If these guys could speak, what would they say about the scenery?

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2010 8:41 pm

    I enjoyed the magpies in Park City, Utah–they used to escort me when I walked to work!

  2. Monique permalink
    July 2, 2010 10:14 pm

    Magpies are awesome. There haven’t been any around our place for the last few years. I miss them. They are so incredibly smart and fun to watch. Thanks for the post! I always worry about how certain species are faring when I don’t see them for a couple years.

  3. Suemommy permalink
    July 7, 2010 9:44 pm

    I have never seen magpies before. I thought those black and white birds in the window-cleaner commercial were crows with white added for some reason.

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