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Thursday, July 15, 2010


According to the RSPB both magpies and jackdaws are members of the Corvidae family of birds. Well, I’m not scientifically minded so that’s not really important to me. And I do know what type of bird is being talked of when the word 'corvid' is mentioned. But that’s all somewhat beside the point.

When I first knew that I was moving home I knew that I would miss the pair of magpies that I had been able to watch flying around the garden during the years that I lived in my old home. There were very few things that I was going to miss but those birds were one of them. So imagine my delight when I arrived here to see not two, but three, magpies in the garden. They are joined occasionally by a couple of jackdaws, another bird that I’d seen at my previous address. The garden here is surrounded by mature trees, although I don’t know what species they are, and it also has a bird table where smaller birds appreciate the food put out for them. At night we even have the odd urban fox foraging around the property; along with most of the neighbourhood cats.

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1 comment:

Kithra said...

Many thanks, Jon.

Now, does anybody know if magpies prefer to nest in a particular species of tree, or does it not matter to them? We seem to have 3 different types of tree here, but I don't know enough to be able to identify any of them. The only thing I can definitely say is that none are any type of conifer!