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Where’s Dinner?

The two half-grown magpies form the family here – still with grey baby feathers – waiting for us when we got home from drinks this afternoon.

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Scruffy the Australian Magpie

Scruffy the Magpie Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 11th July 2018 Australian Animals Australians Birds Winter Nature

I’m so enormously angry with FIFA, the world’s media, and Russia at the moment, so instead, let me introduce you to Scruffy.

Scruffy was a giant, dominant magpie when he still had his grey baby feathers. Now he’s grown he’s utterly enormous – and has excellent balance, resting on one of his legs while he waits for lunch!  (This was yesterday afternoon. He’s staring at other birds – patrolling!)

These birds are wild, but about ten are sort of also my pets. They hang out on the back deck with me every day (and a few occasionally sneak into the house and cause huge, dirty problems – ugh!). Some have names they respond to.

Mr Scruff is the dominant bird in the area, even though he’s not the biggest (but he’s by far the biggest Australian magpie I’ve ever seen). If you don’t know: some male Australian magpies are extremely aggressive in the spring, and put people in the hospital (those strong beaks…). The secret is to befriend them – with food! I now personally know three generations of the local magpies, and it’s changed everything.

It’ll be spring soon, and he’ll bring his next generation of babies to us.

See? Socialising with birds. This is anger management!

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Where’s Lunch?!

Our whole magpie family was waiting for us when we got home this afternoon. I guess they came for lunch when we weren’t there.

These are the parents, both standing on one leg in the shade on the railing , while the babies did weird things in trees.

Magpies Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Hot Afternoon Autumn Garden 9th Amrch 2018 Birds Nature

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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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