I have seen something today that is puzzling me and wonder if any other Bloggo readers may have encountered this odd bird behaviour. Like most people, I am aware that Magpies will sometimes gather and hoard any glittery and shiny objects they find, but has anyone seen them do this with food items?
Today I put some quite large pieces of bacon fat and other food out for the birds. Along came a couple of Magpies who settled down to eat and after indulging in a selection of peanuts and bread, one of them picked up a strip of the bacon fat, carried it up to the patio and promptly scraped a hole in the snow with its beak, dropped the fat in the hole and pushed the snow back over it, then moved a large dead leaf over the spot.
The same bird repeated this exercise twice more, digging holes, burying strips of fat and after refilling the holes with snow, covered the excavations with a dead leaf. At the third excavation there was no dead leaf close by so the bird jumped down onto the ice-covered pond and ripped out several pieces of decaying water iris leaves and carefully arranged those over the site of its stash.