Magpie-larks nest-building delays...

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Subject: Magpie-larks nest-building delays...
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2019 02:17:33 +0000

Is the nest-building of Magpie-larks usually a long-drawn out affair?


I’ve been watching off and on since early October the activities of two pairs of Magpie-larks in neighbouring Ainslie streets  - Paterson and Campbell Streets.


The Paterson St nest- in a Celtis australis street tree- was well under way on the 7th of October.- with both birds ferrying wet mud from the gutter on a shed next door to us and flying constantly across our garden.


The half built nest looked like this on Oct 7:



They have continued working on it since - and were hard at work still this morning (8 Nov., 4 weeks later) with the nest wall a few cms taller now.


Over the same period, the Campbell Street pair (a bare 200 m away) have started and abandoned two nests (far left and far right in ths photo below) , and are now working on a third one -all on the same branch of a Quercus lusitanica street tree.



Is this unusually protracted?


Robin Hide





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