Magpie nest building

To: 'Jack Holland' <>, "" <>
Subject: Magpie nest building
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 08:57:19 +0000

The local Australian Ravens have been in territorial disputes around home for the last couple of weeks and I had a magpie playing with a stick several days ago. Many moons ago I had Yellow-rumped Thornbills on eggs on June 15 and others nest building a tad later.




From: Jack Holland [
Sent: Saturday, 2 July 2016 5:49 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Magpie nest building


Around 8:30 am this morning 2 July I was surprised to see one of our resident magpies flying up to last year’s nest situated fairly low over a public path and then settle down and size it for at least a couple of minutes while one of its mates looked on from the nearby wires.


About 10 minutes later It then approached the nest again this time with one bird only a couple of metres away in the tree and a third (a threesome has stayed together all of the non-breeding season after raising 1 young which was then unfortunately run over) on the wires.


A pretty early record – last year I first noticed them building on 22 July, but one that just sneaks on to the 2015-2016 GBS chart!


Jack Holland

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