Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Family Just Keeps Growing ......

Not long after we moved into 'The Park' we noticed that there was quite a variety of bird life also making its home here - including a few magpies.  Even at Ziegler Parade, we had tried to coax the resident magpies down for a feed, but with no success.

So, we thought we'd give it a go here.  After placing tantalising tid-bits out for some time, we eventually succeeded in getting one to land and take our offerings.  It must have headed home and said "Hey, there's some good nosh available over at that house," because a few days later it was joined by what was obviously its mate.  They continued to feed from our offerings and the next season, all of a sudden, they were joined by a third, obviously their only young being reared at the time.

Magpies at Tiffen
This year the three have continued to be regular visitors, and then all of a sudden there were five - clearly they have had two youngens' this time around.  So, now we have five.

They are very demanding, arriving in morning and evening, perching on the sunroom roof, guttering, a light pole or anywhere else where they get a good, close-by vantage point.  If we are tardy, they will fly down and just look at you, as if to say, "Come on, where's our tucker?"  Occasionally, one or two will even wander into the sunroom, obviously in the hope of hurrying us up.  One of the youngsters that lands on the roof will pace backwards and forwards, even coming over to look down through the kitchen window.  If you go out to the sunroom and walk about, it will follow in your every footstep from above.

Just another experience from paradise.

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