Magpie numbers

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Subject: Magpie numbers
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 12:27:55 +0930
Hi there birders,
We usually have four or five magpies on our 5 acre block near Murray Bridge (80km SE of Adelaide). There are three families whose territories overlap on our block. This makes for interesting battles as the time for breeding approaches.
Over recent days however, there has been a large group of Magpies around the house and the open paddock over the road. Yesterday I counted 23 of them, a far greater number than ever before. There is a great deal of carolling and flying around and chasing one another. Is this the start of the territory wars which happen every year as they sort out their patch ready for breeding?
We also have large numbers of Little Ravens around at present. It is not unusual to have 30 or 40 fly over in loose flocks.
Trevor Hampel
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