Fwd: Where have the magpies gone?

To: Mark Clayton <>, Philip Veerman <>, 'CanberraBirds email list' <>
Subject: Fwd: Where have the magpies gone?
From: Michael Pickering via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2023 04:02:49 +0000
Thank you all,  We have had a seasonal terrirtorial dispute -  the boundary is our neighbours driveway - very well defined and parties cross it at their peril.  The groups from both sides have disappeared.

There has also been a marked reduction in Currawongs - that would try to steal food from young.  Still a couple about though.

Audible, but not visual, increase in Koels and Kookaburras. Localwattle birds OK.

I'm not a birdie - I just like animals, and I'm very fond of the maggies.

I'll let you know what happens.


From: Mark Clayton <>
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2023 2:33 PM
To: Philip Veerman <>; 'CanberraBirds email list' <>; Michael Pickering <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Fwd: Where have the magpies gone?

I agree with Philip, the breakdown of territories can change things quite dramatically and the “resident” birds do move about somewhat.




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Sent: Monday, 16 January 2023 2:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Fwd: Where have the magpies gone?


Unlikely or just local or short term. The Magpie is the most present species

in Canberra suburbs. As in the most consistent species with minimal

variation between months and years, and even sites. Maybe at this particular

time and area there has been a territorial rearrangement between different

family groups and they have not yet resettled a "demilitarised zone"




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Please reply to Michael if you can help with his query.


Margaret Robertson


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