Magpie matters

To: "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Magpie matters
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:12:03 +1100

Possibly at Bacchus Marsh, his birthplace, or on the playing fields of Geelong Grammar School, or at an excursion to the You Yangs, between those sites.  At any of those it would be the angelic G t tyrannica Schodde & Mason, subsp. nov.  By contrast, in Canberra they chortle like newly-promoted bureaucrats.


From: John Layton [
Sent: Monday, 24 March 2008 10:42 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Magpie matters



During the past ten days, the local Magpies have become highly vocal and visual. Frequently, they regale us with prolonged bursts of warbling. No complaints about that. Incidentally, I recently happened upon a quote about magpie song by the celebrated Australian novelist, Peter Carey. Celebrated or not, I eschew his writing but jotted it down in my little black book, viz: "... like an angel gargling into a crystal vase." No, I don't know where the likes of Carey has been to witness an angel gargling.


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