Magpies staking a claim

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Subject: Magpies staking a claim
From: Megan Mears <>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 17:25:42 +1000
Hi, I'm wondering how early magpies prepare for breeding. Last spring some bred in a tree near my work and this year I have seen a pair sitting close to that nest, at various times, over the last few weeks. It's a deciduous tree so easy to spot birds in. Could this be the breeding pair staking their claim already, or perhaps random magpies hanging about? All knowledge, hunches and idle speculation welcome!

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