FW: Magpie with mouse saga - rat

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Subject: FW: Magpie with mouse saga - rat
From: Jean Casburn via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2022 20:11:36 +0000

Even more impressive !– hope it wasn’t poisoned.

Thanks Mark

From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Monday, 7 March, 2022 07:11 PM
To: Jean Casburn
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Magpie with mouse saga



Going by the size of the "mouse" compared to the magpie, I think it actually has a rat. The tail appears to be too long for a mouse.



On 7/03/2022 5:11 pm, Jean Casburn via Canberrabirds wrote:


This Magpie deliberately walked towards me to show me it’s catch,  or find. I suspect the mouse came from a chook yard nearby.

The bird just stood on the step and looked at me for a minute or two then went back up the step to ground cover and proceeded to pull the mouse apart.

Surprisingly the other Magpie in the vicinity did not intervene at all.

Cats do this, but Magpies?

PS I don’t feed any birds.


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