|From:||Jude Hopwood <>|
|Date:||Thu, 5 Oct 2017 05:51:02 +0000|
Dear Bill and Chatliners,
I include the following quote from Prof. Gisela Kaplan's article:
Importantly, it was the bird (not hand-raised but a free-living adult female) that had begun to take the initiative...
In mid Winter, a female white-back magpie began to hang around when I was feeding or emptying my worm farm which is a black plastic tub larger than a bathtub. Because at one stage I was recycling old potting mix and there was the occasional large curl grub therein, I started throwing them to her. This frightened her at first, so it would appear that she was not habituated with being fed by humans. After a couple of these encounters, I found she wouldn't run off, but hang around and started to inspect the food I'd thrown and gobble it down.
As the months grew towards Spring, and I was gardening more in a grub infested new garden bed, a male magpie, not whiteback, could be seen in the vicinity, and it appeared they were a pair. He was extremely cautious and would not approach, whereas the female had no such doubts, indeed, making baby begging calls to me if I ignored her. She would come to where I was digging, either standing or kneeling, and walk all around my hands, diving in if she saw something edible before I did.
Our relationship was instigated by her, perhaps out of curiosity, perhaps suspecting a food source, but nevertheless, throughout nest building and baby feeding, even after an horrific raven attack, the horrid winds of Spring and a new nest with a new baby, she often comes and walks around the garden with me, sometimes carolling to me, sometimes just chatting away in Maggie speak. My days in the garden have a warm friendship feel to them that would be absent without my 'Little Maggie' and her Commando partner.
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