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.