From John Gamblin

To: "birdingaus" <>
Subject: From John Gamblin
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:56:19 +1100
I've been asked to past this:

Monday, 10 March 2008

Gʼday to all bird lovers,

Some many years ago I started doing the natural human thing and caring for 
injured wild birds. Always feeling elated with a successful release.

Just over seven years ago I had a very young orphaned magpie brought to me 
which I raised when I lived in a flat in another area of my loved Hastings, in 
Victoria, Australia. So much fun and laughter could be heard coming from my 
flat she for she was and still is a brilliant mimicker. I named her Eggy when I 
knew what sex she was. Our Red Symonds and Derek Guile of thee ABC radio 
station 774 got to hear from her, part of her repertoire was the ABC radio 
station news intro music jingle and for Red she did a great impersonation of a 
passing fire engine. When I moved to my present home she came with me and in a 
short while she became friendly with a young male via our kitchen window. After 
I checked his credentials and they took up to living together just outside, 
about 60 metres away in a tall old leafy gum tree. I can easily see her tree 
from my front door. Every morning she flies down from her tree with hubby and 
nowadays with the four children. Not that long ago, about three weeks, her 
hubby had an accident which led to his demise. I have suspected for a while 
this was in fact her second husband who had died. I have no idea what happened 
to her first very friendly male magpie husband. I named her first husband Jack 
and he knew his name and would fly to me when I called it out. Not like her 
second husband. They raised their four young ones until last eight days ago, 
when he too died after a collision with a speeding motorist. I get a lot of 
injured wild birds due to car strikes.

What happened today has stunned me and I ask for your help and ask have you 
ever seen two adult female magpies raising young? What I have here now is Eggy 
and her four young children sharing their lives and duties with another adult 
female magpie. She is feeding at times the four children and when they fly off 
they all fly off back to the gum tree as a family? I know Eggy was finding it a 
struggle to keep the four young ones under control and fed and I am wondering 
if any other birdo has witnessed a similar event with Australian white backed 
magpies. Or maybe any other Australian wild bird species.

Thank you for your time and for reading this report.

John A. Gamblin

210, Marine Parade,

Hastings, 3915,


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