Saturday, 23 August 2014

Magpies - often visit my garden

23rd August 2014


Magpie European is a very nice bird black and white and they often visit my summer house especially my garden.

The European Magpie is 44–46 centimetres (17–18 in) in length - in the adult over 50% of this is tail - and a wingspan of 52–62 centimetres (20–24 in).
Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen; the belly and scapulars (shoulder feathers) are pure white; the wings are black glossed with green or purple, and the primaries (longest wing feathers) have white inner webs, conspicuous when the wing is open. The graduated tail is black, shot with bronze-green and other iridescent colours. The legs and bill are black.



The Magpie will eat any animal food. These foods include young birds and eggs, insects, scraps and carrion. The bird will also eat acorns, grain and other vegetable substances.
Magpies are common to suburban areas but can be more shy and cautious in country areas. The birds do not avoid humans unless they are harassed. Sometimes the two or more birds display "teasing" behaviour towards animals such as cats. It is thought that this behaviour may be to scare away potential predators and egg thieves.



The photos were taken in the foggy morning so the quality is not the best, I hope in the future I will be able take a better ones.

The web on my gate typical sign of late summer or early autumn.

THANKS FOR VISITING.

26 comments:

  1. he is quite a handsome bird.

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  2. beautiful bird! i like the web shot, too!

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  3. I love the coloring on the Magpie. They are beautiful. The web is cool. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  4. LOVE the magpie!!!



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  5. Magpies are such dramatic, beautiful birds.

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  6. They're beautiful birds, but usually they're very shy.

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  7. A handsome birds and little bandits.

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    1. Of course they are small bandits..

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  8. Wonderful pictures. The cobweb is amazing.

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  9. It is funny that we both had fog pictures today.

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    1. Andrew, maybe it is an intuition. I love photos when landscape is covered with the fog.

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  10. Your spider webs in the fog are great, I quess we will see that soon here. The magpie photos are amazing, such conspicuous and beautiful birds, I like the iridescent feathers. I used to see the American magpies, very similar but with more blue on them.

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  11. Lately I've had Magpies joining the Crows, Sparrows, Doves & Squirrels for the bird seed and peanuts I put out every morning. Your Magpie is different from outs. Loved the Spiderweb.

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  12. European magpies are different from yours.

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  13. Great spider web, they have bev very busy.
    Certainly very different magpies to ours. Interesting reading about yours.

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  14. What a beautiful web decorating your gate! We don't have magpies where I live but I have seen them in Canada and at my mom's home in Florida, where they mimic the calls of other birds.

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  15. Your linking this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin' is much appreciated!!! Thanks.

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