Returning to the magpie motif, here are the photos of the magpie chicks I promised.
A Tale of Two Aussie Magpie Chicks
two little magpies
time to fly
the early bird gets the worm
can’t do it
my leg, my leg
I think I can
These are my street magpie chicks. One of them seems to be having a difficult time of it. I rarely see it foraging with its parent(s). I suspect it has a problem with its leg but I am only guessing at that.
There are many reasons why that could be. Sometimes they get trapped in their nests. Some die there. I have seen dead magpie chicks dangling over the side of their nests. [Please cut dog hair into small pieces if you are going to leave it out for the birds. As for rubbish ….]
Poor nutrition can also play a role (as can rodent baiting). It is understandable that people want to feed their magpies to make friends with them. We know magpies are not vegetarians, so people often give them mince/raw meat, but it is not the best for our birds, especially the young ones. It is deficient in calcium and can result in weak bones (see here). I read recently that magpie numbers are declining and that only 15% of magpies successfully breed each year (see here). So let’s look after our magpies or better still, let them take care of themselves. That way we can help them have a bright future.