Odd behaviour - Magpie

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Subject: Odd behaviour - Magpie
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 11:52:20 +1030
Hi All, since completely wiping my garden clear back to bare earth ready for
remodelling I have noticed that a family of four magpies, not previously
present, have moved in. They can often be seen poking about for morsels in
the bobcatted soil.
Just a while ago I noticed one of the two fully fledged juveniles lying half
on its side and half on its back, opening its beak and making gentle begging
noises. Dad was alongside poking in the earth and taking (presumably) food
to the young one as it lay on the ground. I thought at first there may be
something wrong with the young one, but after a while dad seemed to tire of
the "game?" and wandered off. Realising this lack of further attention the
young one rolled over, got up, and poked in the dirt for itself.  Has anyone
else seen this sort of thing?

Does Eggy do this with you John ?


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