Magpies warbling

To: David Stowe <>
Subject: Magpies warbling
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:01:32 +1000

They challenge the Grey Butcherbirds in Bilgola too. Though I have to say the bitcherbirds go all day while Magpie is pretty much morning only.



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On 17/04/2007, at 16:47 , David Stowe wrote:

Heaps of Magpies warbling in the mornings at our place at North Rocks (near Parramatta, Sydney). THere is a large family that lives around our townhouse complex and they are quite used to people. I don't feed them but do have a bird bath that they come to. I have been regularly serenaded while eating my breakfast 2 metres from them on the verandah. They may be common but it is a beautiful way to start the morning. Especially when the Grey Butcherbird goes off as well!


On 17/04/2007, at 2:21 PM, Graham Turner wrote:

I've just been asked another question by a non-birder that has me stumped. I remember as a youngster hearing magpies doing a pleasant warble, often in the morning. But I can't ever remember hearing them around Sydney. Is this because there is just too much background noise? Is it because they don't warble? Or am I just not hearing it for some other reason?

Would love to know what others think, what happens in other cities.

Graham Turner


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