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When you planned to sit in the shade…

This hot afternoon. Only, the local magpie family decided a few days ago that the furniture was their new home, and now you can never use it!

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Just our silly magpies…

Growing up and practicing their singing. Sometimes they go for hours!

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Afternoons on the Deck

Cat and a family of magpies just hanging out… This is how every afternoon is around here.

Cat and Magpies Canberra Australia 19th February 2016 Sonya Heaney.

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Babies!

This second family of magpies has discovered we’re good people to have around (because there’s sometimes a raw meat snack), so they have also moved in. Here are the babies (well, they’re growing up now) sitting in the shade this very hot afternoon. I have no idea why when they sleep they do it on one leg – especially when their legs are just sticks!

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Friday Nature

Our newest resident in the garden is an enormous blue-tongued lizard. We now have ten birds living here full-time (two magpie families; one with three, one with four – and a family of three currawongs), but this is our original magpie family. They sit in the tree there late every afternoon. Today they were sitting there and staring at the lizard. I had to act as a bodyguard for the poor creature!

Blue-Tongued Lizard Garden Canberra Australia 4th December 2015 Sonya Heaney

Magpies Garden Canberra Australia 4th December 2015 Sonya Heaney

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The Three Stooges

Okay, so it’s swooping season, which means they’re supposed to attack.

Instead they hang around ALL day and ALL evening, singing and literally getting so close you almost stand on them when you walk somewhere.

This is no great shot, but I was out on the back deck, typing, and The Three Stooges suddenly walked up the steps and appeared next to me, singing. Again.

Magpies Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 29th October 2015v Sonya Heaney Birds Native Animals Nature

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Magpie Invasion

It’s swooping season in Australia, which means the magpies go insane and start attacking people who get too close to their nests.

However, we have the opposite problem. A family of magpies has decided they’re our pets, and now spend all day on the back deck, singing, like they’re busking for snacks! If we don’t rush inside and close all the doors they’ll just walk right on into the house.

They really do have two legs each; they just like standing on one while they sing for a reason I do not understand!

Silly things. This happens quite a lot of years, but it’s usually one bird, not three.

Magpies Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 26th October 2015v Sonya Heaney Birds Native Animals Nature

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