Magpie diet

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Subject: Magpie diet
From: "Janet" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:47:48 +1000
I cleared a somewhat overgrown corner of the garden and was"  helped " by some 
of the local young Black backed Magpies.

They delighted in finding worms, grubs, beetles and 2 very large brown spiders. 
I did not get a chance
to see what they were. Small skinks were killed but only the tails eaten
Centipeds but only the small ones then moths were a top up.
A half grown House mouse was killed by an immature bird but it had no idea what 
to do next
so left me to deal with the remains .
A small brown froglet escaped through the fence and the adult Magpie waiting  
knew what to
do with that morsel.

Those birds now spend the morning going through the mulch just in case they 
missed something.

 Alstonville    North coast NSW
15 kms West of Ballina

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