Baby magpie Commonwealth Park

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Baby magpie Commonwealth Park
From: Maryanne Gates via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 21:22:43 +0000
You might want to check on the welfare of the baby magpie if you are in the area.  A makeshift nest is rarely successful, especially if there are other babies in another nest.  It will also be vulnerable to predators being so low.

Maryanne Gates

Bird Coordinator

Wildcare Queanbeyan Inc

On Tue, 21 Sept 2021 at 21:52, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

Or the nest may still be in the tree but the chick has left the nest prematurely. My guess would be, some person has then put the basket where you found it and the chick in it.


From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Fleur Leary via Canberrabirds
Sent: Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 5:07 PM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Baby magpie Commonwealth Park


Walking in Commonwealth Park today I came across a baby magpie in an artificial nest placed in a very low fork of a tree - only 1.8 - 2 m above the ground. The tree is also very close to a foot path. The artificial nest is a small cane basket (complete with handle). Presumably the original nest fell or was blown out of the tree. 


The calling baby of course attracts attention from passers-by and because it is so close to the ground I wondered how tolerant the parents would be of people getting too close and taking photos. From a short distance away I saw a man walking a little dog get very close to the nest - he was swooped by one of the parents, but the swooping seemed to be more directed at the dog than the man. The man walked away and the magpie swooped the dog another 4 or 5 times until they were far enough away to satisfy the magpie. 

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