morning songster

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This Magpie was singing a greeting to a new day with gusto, its lovely flute-like warbling echoed around the headland and followed me as I strolled past. You can hear its song on this page.

P1040373Sociable Pied Magpies are one of the most common and familiar of Australian birds and usually live in family groups of between 4-20 but they can be antagonistic to other groups or any intruder be it human or eagle.

They are reknown for swooping on unsuspecting pedestrians  who unknowingly wander near their nest sites. Its a common sight at nesting time to see people walking along waving sticks or umbrellas in the air or flapping their arms to ward off the dive bombers!

Acknowledgement: Slaters Field Guide to Australian birds.

5 thoughts on “morning songster

    Patricia said:
    December 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The mockingbirds here dive bomb people and pets at nesting time. They even take on the red-tailed hawks that live around here. The bird in the picture looks like he may be the mayor of magpie land

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      He does doesn’t he, all he needs is a little gold chain and a big gold medal ‘D

    My Heathen Heart said:
    December 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I love the music of magpies. To me, they’re incredibly melodious 🙂

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      me too! and i love the currawongs as well 😀

        My Heathen Heart said:
        December 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        Ooh yes! I heard a lot of them when I visited my mother – she lived in NSW – Lane Cove. A veritable feast of beautiful bird song there!

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