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Friday, June 18, 2010


Across the street a Mommy and Daddy Magpie had babies, and they are now learning to fly. They keep bringing the babies over here to our huge old Blue Spruce tree outside my bedroom window. There is a lot of shelter and saftey there, and it's fun to watch them.

Magpies are, however, extremely noisy! Turn up your sound to listen to this short video:


Today the parents decided to move the babies to our backyard (and neighbours) for awhile, they have since moved on to somewhere down the street, I can still hear them calling but it's not so loud with them being further away.

Yesterday I saw a couple of crows out front and the parent Magpies were swooping them and screeching at them, while the babies were in my tree calling, most likely frightened. After a few minutes the crows finally flew off and peace was once again restored. I was terrified a crow was going to kill one of the babies. :-( Crows can be nasty, they've often dived at me repeatedly when I'm just walking to work. Obviously they had a nest nearby high up in a tree, but I just kept going, it wasn't like I stopped. And still, they pursued me for many blocks before they gave up.

I don't think it will be long now and the magpie babies will be booted from the nest and on their own. But for now at least, we hear their constant calling to their parents, and vice versa. Nature can be so cute!

I hope you're all having a good week!

Love Jude


Blogger Bobbie said...

Thanks for sharing that, Jude! They're such pretty birds but sure are noisy. We have Stellar Jays out here that make quite a racket. I prefer the sweet sound of a robin early in the morning.

Take care and have a great weekend.

12:52 PM, June 18, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thankfully this doesn't last very long, and the magpies won't be around constantly with their babies. I agree with you Bobbie, I LOVE the robin song we have in our neighbourhood too, and the chickadees!

Have a wonderful week!

1:02 PM, June 18, 2010  
Blogger Bill said...

If they need a little boost, I can carry them up in one of my model airplanes. :)

8:59 PM, June 18, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Hahahaha good one Bill! Thanks for stopping by!

9:34 PM, June 18, 2010  
Blogger Tracey said...

They sure are pretty little babies :)

7:52 PM, June 19, 2010  
Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Nice photos. Sounds like they bring you lots of enjoyment. They look cute. I'm not a bird watcher but haven't ever seen these in my neck of the woods.

Hope your enjoying your weekend!

8:20 PM, June 19, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Well you've just seen your first magpie then Jer!

The colours in these birds are pretty Trace, I agree. :-)

9:58 PM, June 19, 2010  
Blogger Janna said...

Oh my, that would drive me crazy! I could only listen to a few seconds of the video (sorry, Sista, lol). I'm so happy for you that they've moved on. I'm not much of a bird person to be honest, but I don't mind "soft" chirping during early morning.

I hope all is well with you, dear friend. (I'm fine.) Have a good week! xoxo

5:55 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

They're still around but they only hit our trees every so often. We can hear them in the neighbourhood, and it won't be much longer as the babies grow up.

I LOVE bird song, and our neighbourhood is full of mature trees so we have lots of robins, sparrows and chickadees. They sound so cute!

Have a good week Sista, love you! xox

6:17 AM, June 21, 2010  

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